The Appellate Group

Hunter v. Finau

Hunter v. Finau, 2024 UT App 17 (Tenney, J.)

Civil Procedure

Plaintiff sued Defendants alleging multiple claims including breach of contract. Defendants filed a motion to dismiss arguing the claims were barred by the applicable statute of limitations. The district court dismissed the suit. Plaintiff appealed. The Utah Court of Appeals affirmed, holding:

  • The district court correctly dismissed each of the claims. 
  • Practice tip: In a breach of contract action, the statute of limitations ordinarily begins to run when the breach occurs. 
  • Practice tip: Condition precedent and anticipatory breach are distinct legal theories. A condition precedent analysis looks to whether an event has triggered a party’s contractual obligations. An anticipatory breach analysis looks to whether an already-obligated party has done something to indicate that it no longer intends to comply with its contractual obligation.

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