Title: Opinion File 77-74 thru 77-75
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Title: Opinion File 77-74 thru 77-75
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Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Buddy Blain's Collections - Opinion File 77-74 thru 77-75
General Note: Box 14, Folder 5 ( Opinions 1976 - 1977 - 1976 - 1977 ), Item 48
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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March 16, 1977 KEY WORDS: 4 4


FROM: KMG /' ~

RE: Termination Provision in SWFWMD Contract

As is generallytthe case with the assignments that you

give me, there is very little Florida Law on this subject;

however, I did find a case which is very similar on the facts

and is still good law. The only drawback is that it is a 1938

Supreme Court decision.

Thompson v. Shell Petroleum Corp., involves the sublease

of a filling station which gave the sublessee right to cancel

it on 15 days notice and payment of $100. The Court noted

that there is a split of authority as to the effect of such a

provision. Some jurisdictions hold that contracts containing

such provisions are unenforceable due to lack of mutuality;

however, Florida, under the Thompson case, seems to have adopted

the opposite position. The Supreme Court in Thompson held that

the fatt that a contract is terminable at the option of only one

of the parties thereto, does not render it objectionable for lack

of mutualitfywfremedy, nor prevent the party having the option

from enjoining a breacho6f contract. The Court recognizes the

doctrine mutuality remedy is an artificial rule of reciprocity.

and its fundamental purpose is simply to secure performance on

the Plaintiff's part of his excutory promise; therefore, the

objection of lack of mutuality would not prevent the enforcement

of a contract as long as it is actually kept alive by the Plain-

f tiff's continued performance.
Under the authority of the Thompson case, the district may

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leave the termination clause in its contract and still be

able to enforce them in the Courts.



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