Learning Activity W1
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Before beginning Week 1, it is necessary to read: BACKGROUND and INTRO: 340 module in Content.
General Instructions for Learning Activities
Read/watch all assigned materials listed for the week in Course Content.
Use only the assigned materials in writing your Learning Activities; do not use resources from the internet
for this week’s assignments.
Submit to the Assignment Folder.
Learning Activity: Due 11:59 pm ET, Saturday
Wilson is a long-time client of Attorney Liberty who is seeking help with a sales transaction dispute. Liberty
has asked you to assist with the case by researching and summarizing information relevant to Wilson’s
s: Wilson, a resident of Maryland, bought a boat from RoseAnn, a resident of South Carolina. The boat
was registered in South Carolina. The sale took place in New York where both Wilson and RoseAnn
negotiated and signed the sales contract. Wilson and RoseAnn specified in the contract that, “This
agreement shall be governed and interpreted by the laws of the state of Arkansas.”
Wilson took possession of the boat and returned home to Maryland. After using the boat only twice, Wilson
discovered the boat’s engine had mechanical problems. Wilson wants to sue RoseAnn to get his money
Wilson filed the lawsuit in New York. (HINT: You are not being asked what law the forum state will use if the
parties made an ineffective choice of law.)
Research and prepare a summary report for Liberty addressing the questions and issue below regarding
1. Analyze and identify which state is the forum state in Wilson’s case and why.
Explain the meaning of forum state in the analysis
2. Analyze whether Arkansas has a substantial relationship with the parties/contract so that the forum state
will apply the parties’ choice of law, and why.
Explain and apply the party autonomy rule to support your conclusions
3. Assume that in the sales agreement between Wilson and RoseAnn, the boat was was registered in
Georgia, rather than South Carolina.
Evaluate and explain whether this would change the forum state in Wilson’s case and why or why not.
Summary Report Format
TO: Lillian Liberty, Esq.
FROM: (your name)
RE: Fred Wilson Claim Against Juanita Rogers
Introduction : (A brief summary of the facts.)
Write in correct, complete sentences in paragraph format, unless instructed otherwise.
Use Arial or Times Roman, size 12 font.