Thursday, January 10, 2019

Court Finds That Email Exchange Evidencing Basic Terms of Demand, Offer, Acceptance Supports Settlement of Claims

In the case of Hatchigan v. Kaplin Stewart, No. 3040 EDA 2018 (C.P. Phila. Co. Oct. 25, 2018 Anders, J.), the court found that the Defendants were entitled to enforce a settlement agreement of the parties reached by way of emails containing the essential terms of the Defendants’ settlement offer, the Plaintiff’s acceptance of the same, and the required consideration necessary to make a contract enforceable.

According to the Opinion, the Plaintiff also executed a Release that referred back to the email exchanges.  Issues arose in this matter between the parties thereafter and the defense filed a motion to enforce the settlement.

In this Rule 1925 Opinion issued by the trial court, that court recommended that the Superior Court affirm its decision enforcing the party’s settlement agreement.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.

Source: “Digest of Recent Opinions,” Pennsylvania Law Weekly (Dec. 4, 2018)

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