Jensen v. Alaska Valuation Service

688 P.2d 161 (1984)

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Jensen v. Alaska Valuation Service

Alaska Supreme Court
688 P.2d 161 (1984)

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Facts

For several years, Alaska Valuation Service, Inc. (AVS) (plaintiff) conducted appraisals at the request of Arthur Jensen (defendant), a builder and the owner and president of Arthur Jensen, Inc. AVS routinely billed Jensen personally for these appraisals, and Jensen routinely paid these bills with checks drawn on his corporate account. AVS had no other notice of Jensen’s status as a corporate agent until Arthur Jensen, Inc. went out of business and Jensen refused to be held personally liable for paying AVS’s bills. AVS sued Jensen. A witness for AVS testified that because most builders work for themselves, it never occurred to AVS that Jensen might work for a corporation. The trial court found, as a matter of fact, that checks drawn on Jensen’s corporate account and mailed to AVS’s bookkeeper gave AVS insufficient notice of Jensen’s status as his corporation’s agent. An intermediate court affirmed the trial court’s judgment for AVS. Jensen appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Compton, J.)

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