Answer the question thoroughly – make sure you advance arguments for both sides and support your conclusion. Both your answer and writing is evaluated in this exercise.
Bob Areebob is a recognized french horn player. Bob has played as a freelance musician for several major symphonies. Last year Bob went through bankruptcy and in order to pay his rent for a couple of months took out loans from a small savings institution – Avarice Bank – and pledged his french horn as collateral. He was unable to make the first payment on the loan so the bank was getting ready to take the french horn for non-payment. Bob approached the director of the Gilroy Philarmonic International Symphony – Joe Dogooder – for help – asking him to guarantee payment so he does not lose his french horn. Joe agreed to guarantee the payment – partially because Bob is scheduled as the featured performer at the Classic Polka Festival in Gilroy which Joe manages.
Joe called Avarice Bank and said if Bob could not pay, he would, and Avarice accepted his guaranty by phone. Bob played for the Polka Festival; it was a big hit and very successful, but immediately after, left town with Sally Swansong, the well-known international Polka singer/dancer, and their whereabouts are unknown. Avarice has contacted Joe and indicated they have not collected from Bob and they expect him to pay the debt. Joe told Avarice they did not have anything in writing from him (though there are witnesses who heard Joe guarantee payment) and he believes he will not be liable for Bob’s debt. Avarice has indicated it will file suit for payment against Joe.
Discuss both sides of this case, indicating who should prevail and why. Use the
Issue: what is the legal issue/dispute?
Decision: who should prevail?
Support: support for your decision
Dissent: the strongest arguments the losing party can/will make
Its for a business law course,