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BC Tire Corp. v. GTE Directories Corp.
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- Topic: Identifies the topic of law and where this case fits within your course outline.
- Parties: Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
- Procedural Posture & History: Shares the case history with how lower courts have ruled on the matter.
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- Brief Facts: A Synopsis of the Facts of the case.
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- Facts: What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case. Review the Facts of this case here:
BC Tire Corporation (Plaintiff) requested that GTE Directories Corporation (Defendant) publish an advertisement in the local phonebook and agreed to pay a monthly advertising fee. Plaintiff completed and signed a Defendant application form, which stated that publication of the advertisement would constitute acceptance of the application and that otherwise the application was not binding on the parties. The application also contained an exclusionary clause, stating that Defendant would not be liable to Plaintiff for damages resulting from a failure to publish an advertisement. Defendant failed to include Plaintiff’s advertisement in the phonebook. Plaintiff sued Defendant for breach of contract. Defendant requested summary judgment on the grounds that there was no contract between the parties, and, if there was a contract, Defendant’s liability was limited by the exclusionary clause. The trial court granted summary judgment for Defendant and dismissed the action. Plaintiff appealed.
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