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McIntosh v. Murphy
Citation:52 Haw. 29, 469 P.2d 177
George Murphy (plaintiff) owned several Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealerships in Hawaii. Murphy interviewed Dick McIntosh (defendant) twice for the position of sales manager for one of his dealerships. The month after his interviews, McIntosh received a call informing him of possible employment within thirty days if he was still available. McIntosh indicated his continued interest. Later that month, Murphy called McIntosh to notify him that the position of assistant sales manager was open. Murphy accepted the job and began work two days later. As a result of his decision to work for Murphy, McIntosh moved 2,200 miles from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Approximately two and a half months after he stated, McIntosh was fired. McIntosh sued Murphy for breach of an alleged one-year oral employment contract. Murphy argued in return that the parties’ contract was unenforceable because oral contracts that cannot be performed within one year are unenforceable under Statute of Frauds.
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