Jonnel claims that the May 6 contract is controlling. Is Jonnel correct in its assertion? Why or why not?

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Jonnel claims that the May 6 contract is controlling. Is Jonnel correct in its assertion? Why or why not?

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Jonnel Enterprises, Inc., contracted to construct a student dormitory at Clarion State College. On May 6, Jonnel entered into a written agreement with Graham and Long as electrical contractors to perform the electrical work and to supply materials for the dormitory. The contract price was $70,544.66. Graham and Long claim that they believed the May 6 agreement obligated them to perform the electrical work on only one wing of the building, but that three or four days after work was started, a second wing of the building was found to be in need of wiring. At that time, Graham and Long informed Jonnel that they would not wire both wings of the building under the present contract, so a new contract was orally agreed upon by the parties. Under the new contract, Graham and Long were obligated to wire both wings and were to be paid only $65,000, but they were relieved of the obligations to supply entrances and a heating system. Graham and Long resumed their work, and Jonnel made seven of the eight progress payments called for. When Jonnel did not pay the final payment, Graham and Long brought this action. Jonnel claims that the May 6 contract is controlling. Is Jonnel correct in its assertion? Why or why not?

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Explanation

The reasons for whichCompany J can claim May 6 agreement is ruling are as follows:

May 6 agreement is a written agreement, and a written agreement can be presented in court as a proof. Oral agreement cannot be presented in court as a proof.
May 6 agreement involves supply of material which Companies GandL have not made. Company J can cancel their payment because of this.

 
The reasons for which Company J's claim can be considered invalid include the following:

The agreement made on May 6 involves only one wing, which require wiring, while Company G andL have done wiring of two wings.
The payment to be made to Company G andL is higherin the written agreement as compared to the payment agreed to be made in the oral contract.

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The case talks about a construction project between Companies J, G, and L.
In this case, the following can be the two possibilities:

Company J can be true toits claim that May 6 agreement is in power.
Company J cannot be true toits claim that May 6 agreement is in power.

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