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Professional Bull Riders, Inc. v. AutoZone, Inc.
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Plaintiff organized bull riding events and sought Defendant as a sponsor for those events. Plaintiff prepared a written contract that would run for two seasons, but also gave Defendant the option to terminate sponsorship after only one season. Defendant never signed the contract. Plaintiff brought suit for breach of an oral contract, alleging that Defendant accepted the terms of the agreement, since it performed for the first season, thereby creating an oral agreement with the same terms as the written one. The district court evaluated the oral contract as a two year contract and found it to be void under the state’s one year statute of frauds. The court entered summary judgment for Defendant and Plaintiff appealed to the court of appeals. The court of appeals granted review and certified a question of law on the dispositive issue to the state’s highest court
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