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August v. Crosta

Decided: December 19, 1941.

N. AUGUST, JR., AND COMPANY, INC., A CORPORATION OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
EDWARD CROSTA, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT



On appeal from the First District Court of the City of Newark.

For the appellant, George R. Handler.

For the respondent, Hyman Busch.

Before Justices Parker, Donges and Colie.

Colie

The opinion of the court was delivered by

COLIE, J. Respondent brought suit against appellant to recover upon a state of demand setting forth in one count a book account and in a second count a cause of action based on the value of goods sold and delivered, on an account stated and a promise to pay. The trial resulted in a judgment in favor of respondent for a balance claimed of $123.24 and interest, from which appellant appeals urging error in that the trial court held (1) that a certain instrument admitted in evidence did not release him from liability and (2) that there was not an accord and satisfaction.

N. August, Jr., and Company furnished plumbing supplies to the value of $523.34 to Edward Crosta for use in construction on lands owned by Royal Crown Bottling Company. Crosta received $400 by draft of Royal Crown Bottling Company to the order of one Templeton and endorsed over to defendant by Templeton. There was conflicting testimony as to whether or not there had been a dispute as to the amount due and a Mr. Nathan August testified that he never agreed to accept $400 in full payment of plaintiff's bill. Defendant introduced in evidence an undated instrument, reading as follows:

"N. August, Jr. & Co., Inc., Claimant, and Weiner Coach, Royal Crown Bottling Co., Prudential Insurance Co., & R. Templeton, Owner.

Discharge of Mechanic's Notice of Intention

Whereas, a Mechanic's Notice of Intention was filed by N. August, Jr. & Co., Inc. in the office the Clerk of the County of Essex, in the State of New Jersey on the 24th day of Feb., 1940, which said Notice of Intention is numbered in file, giving notice that intended to perform labor and/or furnish materials for the erection and construction of a building for Royal Crown Bottling Co., on lands owned by them situate in the City of Newark County of Essex and State of New Jersey and more particularly described as follows: Commonly & known as 239-41 Raymond Boulevard, Newark, N.J. Lot 10 Block 2341.

And whereas, the said N. August, Jr. & Co., Inc. has received the sum of Four Hundred ($400.00) Dollars in full satisfaction and discharge of the indebtedness due for labor performed and/or materials furnished in the erection and construction of the building aforesaid,

Now, therefore, these presents are to acknowledge the receipt of such monies in full satisfaction of said indebtedness and to authorize and direct the Clerk of the County of Essex, in the State of New Jersey, to cancel, satisfy or ...


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