Contracts Keyed to Summers
20th Century Lites, Inc. v. Goodman
On September 3, 1941, 20th Century Lites, Inc. (Plaintiff) agreed to lease neon sign installations to Herman Goodman (Defendant). Defendant made monthly payments under the lease until August 1942. On August 5, 1942, the United States government issued an order prohibiting all outside neon or lighting equipment between the hours of sunset and sunrise. Defendant thereafter sought to have Plaintiff remove the signs and to have the contract terminated. Plaintiff refused. Beginning September 1, 1942, Defendant ceased making payments. Plaintiff sued. The trial court found that the purpose of the contract had been frustrated and that, consequently, both parties were excused from performance. Defendant appealed.
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