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UNIFORM SALES ACT-Concluded.
PART VI. $ 74. Interpretation shall give effect to purpose of uniformity. Interpretation. - § 75. Provisions not applicable to mortgages. § 71. Variation of implied obligations. $ 76. Definitions. . § 72. Rights may be ensorced by action. 77. Name of Act. $ 73. Rule for cases not provided for by this Act. § 78. Repealed.
(House BILL No. 557. APPROVED JUNE 29, 1915.)
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: CoNTRACTs To sell, AND sales.] (1) A contract to sell goods is a contract whereby the seller agrees to transfer the property in goods to the buyer for a consideration called the price. (2) A sale of goods is an agreement whereby the seller transfers the property in goods to a buyer for a consideration called the price. (3) A contract to sell or a sale may be absolute or conditional. (4) There may be a contract to sell or a sale between one part owner and another. § 2. CAPACITY-LIABILITIES For NECEss ARIES.] Capacity to buy and sell is regulated by the general law concerning capacity to contract, and to transfer and acquire property. Where necessaries are sold and delivered to an infant, or to a person who by reason of mental incapacity or drunkenness is incompetent to contract, he must pay a reasonable price therefor. Necessaries in this section mean goods suitable to the condition in life of such infant or other person, and to his actual requirements at the time of delivery.
FORMALITIES OF THE CONTRACT.
§ 3. ForM of contRACT or sALE.] Subject to the provisions of this Act and of any statute in that behalf, a contract to sell or a sale may be made in writing (either with or without seal), or by word of mouth, or partly in writing and partly by word of mouth, or may be inferred from the conduct of the parties.
§ 4. STATUTE of FRAUDs.] (1) A contract to sell or a sale of any goods or choses in action of the value of five hundred dollars or upwards shall not be enforceable by action unless the buyer shall accept part of the goods or choses in action so contracted to be sold or sold, and actually receive the same, or give something in earnest to bind the contract, or in part payment, or unless some note or memorandum in writing of the contract or sale be signed by the party to be charged or his agent in that behalf.
(2) The provisions of this section apply to every such contract or sale, notwithstanding that the goods may be intended to be delivered at
some future time or may not at the time of such contract or sale be actually made, procured, or provided, or fit or ready for delivery, or some act may be requisite for the making or completing thereof, or rendering the same fit for delivery; but if the goods are to be manufactured by the seller especially for the buyer and are not suitable for sale to others in the ordinary course of the seller's business, the provisions of this section shall not apply. (3) There is an acceptance of goods within the meaning of this section when the buyer, either before or after delivery of the goods, expresses by words or conduct his assent to becoming the owner of those specific goods.
SUBJECT MATTER OF CONTRACT.
§ 5. EXISTING AND FUTURE Goods.] (1) The goods which form the subject of a contract to sell may be either existing goods, owned or possessed by the seller, or goods to be manufactured or acquired by the seller after the making of a contract to sell, in this Act called “future goods”. (2) There may be a contract to sell goods, the acquisition of which by the seller depends upon a contingency which may or may not happen. (3) Where the parties purport to effect a present sale of future goods, the agreement operates as a contract to sell the goods. § 6. UNDIVIDED SHAREs.] (1) There may be a contract to sell or a sale of an undivided share of goods. If the parties intend to effect a present sale, the buyer, by force of the agreement, becomes an owner in common with the owner or owners of the remaining shares. (2) In the case of fungible goods, there may be a sale of an undivided share of a specific mass, though the seller purports to sell and the buyer to buy a definite number, weight or measure of the goods in the mass, and though the number, weight or measure of the goods in the mass is undetermined. By such a sale the buyer becomes owner in common of such a share of the mass as the number, weight or measure bought bears to the number, weight or measure of the mass. If the mass contains less than the number, weight or measure bought, the buyer becomes the owner of the whole mass and the seller is bound to make good the deficiency from similar goods unless a contrary intent appears. § 7. DESTRUCTION of Goods sold.] (1) Where the parties purport to sell specific goods, and the goods without the knowledge of the seller have wholly perished at the time when the agreement is made, the agreement is void. (2) Where the parties purport to sell specific goods, and the goods without the knowledge of the seller have perished in part or have wholly or in a material part so deteriorated, in quality as to be substantially changed in character, the buyer may at his option treat the sale— (a) As avoided, or (b) As transferring the property in all of the existing goods or in so much thereof as have not deteriorated, and as binding the buyer to pay the full agreed price if the sale was indivisible or to pay the agreed price for the goods in which the property passes if the sale was divisible. § 8. DESTRUCTION of Goods contRACTED To BE sold.] (1) Where there is a contract to sell specific goods, and subsequently, but before the risk passes to the buyer, without any fault on the part of the seller or the buyer, the goods wholly perish, the contract is thereby avoided. (2) Where there is a contract to sell specific goods, and subsequently, but before the risk passes to the buyer, without any fault of the seller or the buyer, part of the goods perish or the whole or a material part of the goods deteriorate in quality as to be substantially changed in character, the buyer may at his option treat the contract— (a) As avoided, or (b) As binding the seller to transfer the property in all of the existing goods or in so much thereof as have not deteriorated, and as binding the buyer to pay the full agreed price if the contract was indivisible, or to pay the agreed price for so much of the goods as the seller, by the buyer's option, is bound to transfer if the contract was divisible.
§ 9. DEFINITION AND AscERTAINMENT of PRICE.] (1) The price may be fixed by the contract, or may be left to be fixed in such manner as may be agreed or it may be determined by the course of dealing between the parties.
(2) The price may be made payable in any personal property.
(3) Where transferring or promising to transfer any interest in real estate constitutes the whole or part of the consideration for transferring or for promising to transfer the property in goods, this Act shall not apply.
(4) Where the price is not determined in accordance with the foregoing provisions the buyer must pay a reasonable price. What is a reasonable price is a question of fact dependent on the circumstances of each particular case.
§ 10. SALE AT vaLUATIONs.] (1) Where there is a contract to sell or a sale of goods at a price or on terms to be fixed by a third person, and such third person, without fault of the seller or the buyer, cannot or does not fix the price or terms, the contract or the sale is thereby avoided; but if the goods or any part thereof have been delivered to and appropriated by the buyer he must pay a reasonable price therefor.
(2) Where such third person is prevented from fixing the price or, terms by fault of the seller or the buyer, the party not in fault may have such remedies against the party in fault as are allowed by Parts IV and V of this Act.
CONDITIONS AND WARRANTIES.
§ 11. EFFECT of conDITIONs.] (1) Where the obligation of either party to a contract to sell or a sale is subject to any condition which is not performed, such party may refuse to proceed with the contract or sale or he may waive performance of the condition. If the other party has promised that the condition should happen or be performed, such first-mentioned party may also treat the non-performance of the condition as a breach of warranty.
(2) Where the property in the goods has not passed, the buyer may treat the fulfillment by the seller of his obligation to furnish goods as described and as warranted expressly or by implication in the contract to sell as a condition of the obligation of the buyer to perform his promise to accept and pay for the goods. § 12. DEFINITION of ExPRESS was RANTY..] Any affirmation of fact or any promise by the seller relating to the goods is an express warranty if the natural tendency of such affirmation or promise is to induce the buyer to purchase the goods, and if the buyer purchases the goods relying thereon. No affirmation of the value of the goods, nor any statement purporting to be a statement of the seller's opinion only shall be construed as a warranty. § 13. IMPLIED WARRANTIEs of TITLE.] In a contract to sell or a sale, unless a contrary intention appears, there is— (1) An implied warranty on the part of the seller that in case of a sale he has a right to sell the goods, and that in case of a contract to sell he will have a right to sell the goods at the time when the property is to pass. (2) An implied warranty that the buyer shall have and enjoy quiet possession of the goods as against any lawful claims existing at the time of the sale. (3) An implied warranty that the goods shall be free at the time of the sale from any charge or encumbrance in favor of any third person, not declared or known to the buyer before or at the time when the contract or sale is made. (4) This section shall not, however, be held to render liable a sheriff, auctioneer, mortgagee, or other person professing to sell by virtue of authority in fact or law goods in which a third person has a legal or equitable interest. § 14. IMPLIED WARRANTY IN SALE BY DESCRIPTION.] Where there is a contract to sell or a sale of goods by description, there is an implied warranty that the goods shall correspond with the description and if the contract or sale be by sample, as well as by description, it is not sufficient that the bulk of the goods corresponds with the sample if the goods do not also correspond with the description. § 15. IMPLIED was RANTIEs of QUALITY..] Subject to the provisions of this Act and of any statute in that behalf, there is no implied warranty or condition as to the quality or fitness for any particular purpose of goods supplied under a contract to sell or a sale, except as follows: (1) Where the buyer, expressly or by implication, makes known to the seller the particular purpose for which the goods are required, and it appears that the buyer relies on the seller's skill or judgment (whether he be the grower or manufacturer or not), there is as implied warranty that the goods shall be reasonably fit for such purpose. (2) Where the goods are bought by description from a seller who deals in goods of that description (whether he be the grower or manufacturer or not), there is an implied warranty that the goods shall be of merchantable quality. (3) If the buyer has examined the goods, there is no implied warranty as regards defects which such examination ought to have revealed. —39 L
(4) In the case of a contract to sell or a sale of a specified article under its patent or other trade name, there is no implied warranty as to its fitness for any particular purpose.
(5) An implied warranty or condition as to quality or fitness for a particular purpose may be annexed by the usages of trade.
(6) An express warranty or condition does not negative a warranty or condition implied under this Act unless inconsistent therewith.
SALE BY SAMPLE.
16. IMPLIED WARRANTIES IN SALE BY SAMPLE.] In the case of a
contract to sell or a sale by sample:
(a) There is an implied warranty that the bulk shall correspond with the sample in quality.
(b) There is an implied warranty that the buyer shall have a reasonable opportunity of comparing the bulk with the sample, except so far as otherwise provided in section 47 (3).
(c) If the seller is a dealer in goods of that kind, there is an implied warranty that the goods shall be free from any defect rendering them unmerchantable which would not be apparent on reasonable examination of the sample.
§ 17. No PROPERTY PASSEs UNTIL goods ARE AscFRTAINED.] Where there is a contract to sell unascertained goods no property in the goods is transferred to the buyer unless and until the goods are ascertained, but property in an undivided share of ascertained goods may be transferred as provided in section 6. § 18. PROPERTY IN SPECIFIC GooDs PAssEs wif EN PARTIEs so INTEND.] (1) Where there is a contract to sell specific or ascertained goods, the property in them is transferred to the buyer at such time as the parties to the contract intend it to be transferred. (2) For the purpose of ascertaining the intention of the parties regard shall be had to the terms of the contract, the conduct of the parties, usages of trade and the circumstances of the case. § 19. RULES For AscERTAINING INTENTION.] Unless a differen: intention appears, the following are rules for ascertaining the intential of the parties as to the time at which the property in the goods is to pass to the buyer. Rule 1. Where there is an unconditional contract to sell specif, goods, in a deliverable state, the property in the goods passes to th buyer when the contract is made, and it is immaterial whether the timof payment, or the time of delivery, or both, be postponed. Rule 2. Where there is a contract to sell specific goods and the seller is bound to do something to the goods, for the purpose of puttin: them into a deliverable state, the property does not pass until such thing be done. Rule 3. (1) When goods are delivered to the buyer “on sale of return,” or on other terms indicating an intention to make a preser