In May, Parr and Presba, while in the course of negotiations with Barker (a salesperson for Quaker Hill) to purchase plants and flowers, undertook to organize a corporation to be named the Denver Memo

In May, Parr and Presba, while in the course of negotiations with Barker (a salesperson for Quaker Hill) to purchase plants and flowers, undertook to organize a corporation to be named the Denver Memorial Nursery, Inc. On May 14 and 16, Parr signed two orders on behalf of Denver Memorial Nursery, Inc. which, to the knowledge of Quaker Hill, was not yet formed, that fact being noted in the contract. A down payment in the amount of $1,000 was made. The corporation was not formed prior to entering into the contract because Quaker Hill insisted that the deal be concluded at once since the growing season was rapidly passing. Under the contract, the balance of the purchase price was not due until the end of the year. The plants and flowers were shipped immediately and arrived on May 26. The Denver Memorial Nursery, Inc. was never formed. Quaker Hill seeks to recover the unpaid balance of the purchase price from Parr and Presba.

  1. What are the arguments that Parr and Presba are personally liable for the unpaid balance?
  2. What are the arguments that Parr and Presba are not personally liable for the unpaid balance?
  3. Explain who should prevail.

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