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Walker & Co. v. Harrison
Citation:347 Mich. 630, 81 N.W.2d 352
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Herbert Harrison (defendant-lessee) entered into a written agreement with Walker & Company (plaintiff-lessor). Under the agreement, Walker & Company agreed to construct, install, and maintain a neon sign for Harrison’s dry-cleaning business. Meanwhile, Harrison agreed to lease the sign for thirty-six months at a cost of $148.50 per month. The sign was completed and installed. Harrison made the first (and ultimately the only) monthly payment. Harrison later contacted Walker & Company for maintenance on the sign, which Walker & Company did not immediately provide. Harrison informed Walker & Company that he was not going to make any additional payments for the sign. A week later, Walker & Company serviced the sign. Harrison, however, still refused to pay. Walker & Company sued for the entire balance due under the contract, $5,197.50.
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