Review the scenario below between Galaxy Corporation and Manner Investment Group which
concerns a commercial leasing dispute.
Galaxy Corporation wanted to lease some warehouse space from Manner Investment Group. The
two entities entered into a “handwritten deal,” which was executed on the warehouse property. The
handwritten lease was one page long and contained the following information:
The parties, Galaxy Corporation, lessee, and Manner Investment Group, lessor, agree to lease
warehouse property located in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The parties agree that the lease term shall
be five years with monthly rent at $3570 for year one with a 5% increase over the terms of the
lease. The deposit for the warehouse is $5000 payable at the time this agreement is executed.
Signed/ Marshall Shields, VP
Signed/ Diana Sutton, Managing Partner
Manner Investment Group
The handwritten date of April 29, 2010 was at the bottom of the document. Galaxy tendered the
initial deposit and first month’s rent. Later that week, Manner Investment sent Galaxy a formal lease
agreement which included additional costs such as the common area costs, real property taxes and
insurance premiums. Galaxy refused to sign the lease stating that the one-page, handwritten
document contained all the terms of their deal. Manner Investment wants to sue Galaxy.
As Managers of Manner Investment Corporation, address the following question: What
arguments under contract law would Manner Investment Corporation raise
to invalidate the original agreement?