ARTICLE 1

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Table of Contents

Sec. 42a-1-101. Short titles.

Sec. 42a-1-102. Scope of article.

Sec. 42a-1-103. Construction of title to promote its purposes and policies; applicability of supplemental principles of law.

Sec. 42a-1-104. Construction against implied repeal.

Sec. 42a-1-105. Severability.

Sec. 42a-1-106. Use of singular and plural; gender.

Sec. 42a-1-107. Waiver or renunciation of claim or right after breach.

Sec. 42a-1-108. Relation to Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.

Sec. 42a-1-201. General definitions.

Sec. 42a-1-202. Notice; knowledge.

Sec. 42a-1-203. Lease distinguished from security interest.

Sec. 42a-1-204. Value.

Sec. 42a-1-205. Reasonable time; seasonableness.

Sec. 42a-1-206. Presumptions.

Secs. 42a-1-207 and 42a-1-208. Performance or acceptance under reservation of rights. Option to accelerate at will.

Sec. 42a-1-301. Territorial applicability; parties’ power to choose applicable law.

Sec. 42a-1-302. Variation by agreement.

Sec. 42a-1-303. Course of performance, course of dealing and usage of trade.

Sec. 42a-1-304. Obligation of good faith.

Sec. 42a-1-305. Remedies to be liberally administered.

Sec. 42a-1-306. Waiver or renunciation of claim or right after breach.

Sec. 42a-1-307. Prima facie evidence by third-party documents.

Sec. 42a-1-308. Performance or acceptance under reservation of rights.

Sec. 42a-1-309. Option to accelerate at will.

Sec. 42a-1-310. Subordinated obligations.


PART 1

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 42a-1-101. Short titles. (a) This title may be cited as the “Uniform Commercial Code”.

(b) This article may be cited as “Uniform Commercial Code–General Provisions”.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-101; P.A. 05-109, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Sec. 42a-1-102. Scope of article. This article applies to a transaction to the extent that it is governed by another article of this title.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-102; P.A. 05-109, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Cited. 172 C. 112.

Former Subsec. (1):

Cited. 6 CA 530.

Former Subsec. (2):

Cited. 230 C. 486.

Sec. 42a-1-103. Construction of title to promote its purposes and policies; applicability of supplemental principles of law. (a) This title shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes and policies, which are:

(1) To simplify, clarify and modernize the law governing commercial transactions;

(2) To permit the continued expansion of commercial practices through custom, usage and agreement of the parties; and

(3) To make uniform the law among the various jurisdictions.

(b) Unless displaced by the particular provisions of this title, the principles of law and equity, including the law merchant and the law relative to capacity to contract, principal and agent, estoppel, fraud, misrepresentation, duress, coercion, mistake, bankruptcy, and other validating or invalidating cause supplement its provisions.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-103; P.A. 05-109, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Cited. 166 C. 280. Cited. 171 C. 63. Cited. 183 C. 266. Cited. 184 C. 607. Cited. 202 C. 106.

Cited. 14 CA 481.

Sec. 42a-1-104. Construction against implied repeal. This title being a general act intended as a unified coverage of its subject matter, no part of it shall be deemed to be impliedly repealed by subsequent legislation if such construction can reasonably be avoided.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-104.)

Sec. 42a-1-105. Severability. If any provision or clause of this title or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of this title which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this title are severable.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-105; P.A. 76-369, S. 1; P.A. 90-202, S. 2, 3; P.A. 93-107, S. 1; P.A. 96-198, S. 18; P.A. 97-182, S. 65; P.A. 01-132, S. 134; P.A. 02-131, S. 91; P.A. 05-109, S. 4.)

History: P.A. 76-369 substituted “Perfection provisions of the article on secured transactions. Section 42a-9-103a” for “Policy and scope” of that article and allied sections; P.A. 90-202 amended Subsec. (2) by adding provision re governing law in the article on funds transfers; P.A. 93-107 amended Subsec. (2) by deleting “Bulk transfers subject to the article on bulk transfers. Section 42a-6-102.”; P.A. 96-198 amended Subsec. (2) by adding “Letters of credit. Section 42a-5-116.”; P.A. 97-182 amended Subsec. (2) by replacing reference to Sec. 42a-8-106 with Sec. 42a-8-110; P.A. 01-132 amended Subsec. (2) by replacing “Perfection provisions of the article on secured transactions. Section 42a-9-103a.” with “Law governing perfection, the effect of perfection or nonperfection and the priority of security interests and agricultural liens. Sections 42a-9-301 to 42a-9-307, inclusive.”; P.A. 02-131 amended Subsec. (2) by adding provision re applicability of article on leases; P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Sec. 42a-1-106. Use of singular and plural; gender. In this title, unless the statutory context otherwise requires:

(1) Words in the singular number include the plural, and those in the plural include the singular; and

(2) Words of any gender also refer to any other gender.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-106; P.A. 05-109, S. 5.)

History: P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Cited. 183 C. 266. Cited. 221 C. 530.

Sec. 42a-1-107. Waiver or renunciation of claim or right after breach. Section 42a-1-107 is repealed, effective October 1, 2005.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-107; P.A. 05-109, S. 56.)

Sec. 42a-1-108. Relation to Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. This article modifies, limits and supersedes the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 USC 7001 et seq., except that nothing in this article modifies, limits or supersedes Section 101(c) of that act, 15 USC 7001(c), or authorizes electronic delivery of any of the notices described in Section 103(b) of that act, 15 USC 7003(b).

(P.A. 05-109, S. 6.)

PART 2

GENERAL DEFINITIONS AND PRINCIPLES
OF INTERPRETATION

Sec. 42a-1-201. General definitions. (a) Unless the context otherwise requires, words or phrases defined in this section, or in the additional definitions contained in other articles of this title that apply to particular articles or parts thereof, have the meanings stated.

(b) Subject to definitions contained in other articles of this title that apply to particular articles or parts thereof, in this title:

(1) “Action”, in the sense of a judicial proceeding, includes recoupment, counterclaim, set-off, suit in equity and any other proceeding in which rights are determined.

(2) “Aggrieved party” means a party entitled to pursue a remedy.

(3) “Agreement”, as distinguished from “contract”, means the bargain of the parties in fact, as found in their language or inferred from other circumstances, including course of performance, course of dealing or usage of trade as provided in section 42a-1-303.

(4) “Bank” means any person engaged in the business of banking and includes a savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union and trust company.

(5) “Bearer” means a person in control of a negotiable electronic document of title or a person in possession of an instrument, a negotiable tangible document of title, or a certificated security payable to bearer or endorsed in blank.

(6) “Bill of lading” means a document of title evidencing the receipt of goods for shipment issued by a person engaged in the business of directly or indirectly transporting or forwarding goods. The term does not include a warehouse receipt.

(7) “Branch” includes a separately incorporated foreign branch of a bank.

(8) “Burden of establishing” a fact means the burden of persuading the trier of fact that the existence of the fact is more probable than its nonexistence.

(9) “Buyer in ordinary course of business” means a person that buys goods in good faith, without knowledge that the sale violates the rights of another person in the goods, and in the ordinary course from a person, other than a pawnbroker, in the business of selling goods of that kind. A person buys goods in the ordinary course if the sale to the person comports with the usual or customary practices in the kind of business in which the seller is engaged or with the seller’s own usual or customary practices. A person that sells oil, gas or other minerals at the wellhead or minehead is a person in the business of selling goods of that kind. A buyer in ordinary course of business may buy for cash, by exchange of other property or on secured or unsecured credit, and may acquire goods or documents of title under a preexisting contract for sale. Only a buyer that takes possession of the goods or has a right to recover the goods from the seller under article 2 may be a buyer in ordinary course of business. “Buyer in ordinary course of business” does not include a person that acquires goods in a transfer in bulk or as security for or in total or partial satisfaction of a money debt.

(10) “Conspicuous”, with reference to a term, means so written, displayed or presented that a reasonable person against which it is to operate ought to have noticed it. Whether a term is “conspicuous” or not is a decision for the court. Conspicuous terms include the following:

(A) A heading in capitals equal to or greater in size than the surrounding text, or in contrasting type, font or color to the surrounding text of the same or lesser size; and

(B) Language in the body of a record or display in larger type than the surrounding text, or in contrasting type, font or color to the surrounding text of the same size, or set off from surrounding text of the same size by symbols or other marks that call attention to the language.

(11) “Consumer” means an individual who enters into a transaction primarily for personal, family or household purposes.

(12) “Contract”, as distinguished from “agreement”, means the total legal obligation that results from the parties’ agreement as determined by this title as supplemented by any other applicable laws.

(13) “Creditor” includes a general creditor, a secured creditor, a lien creditor and any representative of creditors, including an assignee for the benefit of creditors, a trustee in bankruptcy, a receiver in equity and an executor or administrator of an insolvent debtor’s or assignor’s estate.

(14) “Defendant” includes a person in the position of defendant in a counterclaim, cross-claim or third-party claim.

(15) “Delivery” with respect to an electronic document of title means voluntary transfer of control and with respect to instruments, tangible documents of title, chattel paper, or certificated securities means voluntary transfer of possession.

(16) “Document of title” means a record (A) that in the regular course of business or financing is treated as adequately evidencing that the person in possession or control of the record is entitled to receive, control, hold and dispose of the record and the goods the record covers, and (B) that purports to be issued by or addressed to a bailee and to cover goods in the bailee’s possession which are either identified or are fungible portions of an identified mass. The term includes a bill of lading, transport document, dock warrant, dock receipt, warehouse receipt and order for delivery of goods. An electronic document of title means a document of title evidenced by a record consisting of information stored in an electronic medium. A tangible document of title means a document of title evidenced by a record consisting of information that is inscribed on a tangible medium.

(17) “Fault” means a default, breach or wrongful act or omission.

(18) “Fungible goods” means:

(A) Goods of which any unit, by nature or usage of trade, is the equivalent of any other like unit; or

(B) Goods that by agreement are treated as equivalent.

(19) “Genuine” means free of forgery or counterfeiting.

(20) “Good faith” means honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing.

(21) “Holder” means:

(A) The person in possession of a negotiable instrument that is payable either to bearer or to an identified person that is the person in possession;

(B) The person in possession of a negotiable tangible document of title if the goods are deliverable either to bearer or to the order of the person in possession; or

(C) The person in control of a negotiable electronic document of title.

(22) “Insolvency proceeding” includes an assignment for the benefit of creditors or other proceeding intended to liquidate or rehabilitate the estate of the person involved.

(23) “Insolvent” means:

(A) Having generally ceased to pay debts in the ordinary course of business other than as a result of bona fide dispute;

(B) Being unable to pay debts as they become due; or

(C) Being insolvent within the meaning of federal bankruptcy law.

(24) “Money” means a medium of exchange currently authorized or adopted by a domestic or foreign government. The term includes a monetary unit of account established by an intergovernmental organization or by agreement between two or more countries.

(25) “Organization” means a person other than an individual.

(26) “Party”, as distinguished from “third party”, means a person that has engaged in a transaction or made an agreement subject to this title.

(27) “Person” means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, government, governmental subdivision, agency or instrumentality, public corporation or any other legal or commercial entity.

(28) “Present value” means the amount as of a date certain of one or more sums payable in the future, discounted to the date certain by use of either an interest rate specified by the parties if that rate is not manifestly unreasonable at the time the transaction is entered into or, if an interest rate is not so specified, a commercially reasonable rate that takes into account the facts and circumstances at the time the transaction is entered into.

(29) “Purchase” means taking by sale, lease, discount, negotiation, mortgage, pledge, lien, security interest, issue or reissue, gift or any other voluntary transaction creating an interest in property.

(30) “Purchaser” means a person that takes by purchase.

(31) “Record” means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.

(32) “Remedy” means any remedial right to which an aggrieved party is entitled with or without resort to a tribunal.

(33) “Representative” means a person empowered to act for another, including an agent, an officer of a corporation or association, and a trustee, executor or administrator of an estate.

(34) “Right” includes remedy.

(35) “Security interest” means an interest in personal property or fixtures which secures payment or performance of an obligation. “Security interest” includes any interest of a consignor and a buyer of accounts, chattel paper, a payment intangible or a promissory note in a transaction that is subject to article 9. “Security interest” does not include the special property interest of a buyer of goods on identification of such goods to a contract for sale under section 42a-2-401, but a buyer may also acquire a “security interest” by complying with article 9. Except as otherwise provided in section 42a-2-505, the right of a seller or lessor of goods under article 2 or 2A to retain or acquire possession of the goods is not a “security interest”, but a seller or lessor may also acquire a “security interest” by complying with article 9. The retention or reservation of title by a seller of goods, notwithstanding shipment or delivery to the buyer under section 42a-2-401, is limited in effect to a reservation of a “security interest”. Whether a transaction in the form of a lease creates a “security interest” is determined pursuant to section 42a-1-203.

(36) “Send” in connection with a writing, record or notice means:

(A) To deposit in the mail or deliver for transmission by any other usual means of communication with postage or cost of transmission provided for and properly addressed and, in the case of an instrument, to an address specified thereon or otherwise agreed, or if there be none to any address reasonable under the circumstances; or

(B) In any other way to cause to be received any record or notice within the time it would have arrived if properly sent.

(37) “Signed” includes using any symbol executed or adopted with present intention to adopt or accept a writing.

(38) “State” means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

(39) “Surety” includes a guarantor or other secondary obligor.

(40) “Term” means a portion of an agreement that relates to a particular matter.

(41) “Unauthorized signature” means a signature made without actual, implied, or apparent authority. The term includes a forgery.

(42) “Warehouse receipt” means a document of title issued by a person engaged in the business of storing goods for hire.

(43) “Written” or “writing” includes printing, typewriting or any other intentional reduction to tangible form.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-201; 1963, P.A. 526, S. 1, 2; P.A. 76-369, S. 2, 3; P.A. 79-435, S. 53; P.A. 91-162, S. 16, 18; 91-304, S. 108–110; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 11, 70; P.A. 01-132, S. 135–137; P.A. 02-131, S. 92; P.A. 04-64, S. 43; P.A. 05-109, S. 7.)

History: 1963 act substituted “credit” for “creditor” in Subdiv. (21) defining “honor” and defined what constitutes due diligence in Subdiv. (27); P.A. 76-369 included sellers of minerals as sellers to which provisions apply in Subdiv. (9) defining “buyer in ordinary course of business” and excluded interest of buyer of contract rights from consideration as “security interest” in Subdiv. (37); P.A. 79-435 specified “certificated” securities in Subdivs. (5), (14) and (20); P.A. 91-162 amended Subdiv. (37) to specifically exclude consumer rent-to-own agreements, as defined in Sec. 42-240, from the definition of “security interest”; P.A. 91-304 amended the definition of “holder” in Subdiv. (24) by defining holder separately with respect to “a negotiable instrument” and with respect to “a document of title”, amended the definition of “money” in Subdiv. (24) by replacing “as a part of its currency” with “and includes a monetary unit of account established by an intergovernmental organization or by agreement between two or more nations”, and amended the definition of “unauthorized signature or endorsement” in Subdiv. (43) by deleting an unauthorized “endorsement” as a defined term; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11 amended Subdiv. (44) to replace reference to Secs. “42a-4-208 and 42a-4-209” with Secs. “42a-4-210 and 42a-4-211”; P.A. 01-132 redefined “buyer in ordinary course of business” to rephrase provisions, add provision that a person buys goods in the ordinary course if the sale comports with the usual or customary practices in the kind of business in which the seller is engaged or with the seller’s own usual or customary practices and add provision that only a buyer that takes possession of the goods or has a right to recover the goods from the seller under article 2 may be a buyer in ordinary course of business, redefined “purchase” to include taking by security interest and redefined “security interest” to rephrase provisions, include any interest of a consignor and a buyer of a payment intangible or a promissory note and add provision re right of a seller or lessor of goods under article 2 to retain or acquire possession of the goods not being a “security interest”; P.A. 02-131 redefined “security interest” in Subdiv. (37) by revising provisions re leases and rights of sellers and lessors of goods; P.A. 04-64 amended definitions of “bearer”, “bill of lading”, “conspicuous”, “delivery”, “document of title”, “holder”, “notice” of a fact, “notifies”, “send” and “warehouse receipt” and made technical changes to conform to revisions made to article 7 by the same act; P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Consideration may be sizable and still be “nominal” within the meaning of this section, but the question of the intent of the parties to a contract is always one of fact for the trial court. 165 C. 364.

Bearer of promissory note was a holder in due course. 91 CA 268.

Holder is one who has right of recourse. 32 CS 179. Cited. 36 CS 506.

Subsec. (b):

Subdiv. (1):

Cited. 38 CA 44.

Subdiv. (3):

Cited. 160 C. 468. Security interest may be applied to after acquired property by agreement of the parties. 168 C. 152.

Cited. 26 CS 336.

Subdiv. (9):

Cited. 31 CS 525.

Subdiv. (10):

Cited. 187 C. 405. Cited. 206 C. 409.

Cited. 31 CA 455.

Definition limited to title 42a and not applicable to Home Solicitation Sales Act (chapter 740). 36 CS 506.

Cited. 6 Conn. Cir. Ct. 482, 483.

Subdiv. (16) (former Subdiv. (15)):

“Document of title to goods” does not embrace a stock certificate; it must be an instrument referring to specific goods. 94 C. 609. Cited. 198 C. 624.

Subdiv. (20) (former Subdiv. (19)):

Applied in case of bank presenting draft for acceptance. 105 C. 41. Cited. 182 C. 437. Cited. 187 C. 637. Cited. 242 C. 17.

Subdiv. (21) (former Subdiv. (20)):

Cited. 182 C. 530.

Cited. 1 CA 162. Cited. 4 CA 376.

Subdiv. (35) (former Subdiv. (37)):

Cited. 165 C. 364, 367. Security interest may be applied to after acquired property by agreement of the parties. 168 C. 152. Cited. 182 C. 437. Cited. 198 C. 624.

Cited. 25 CS 335. Cited. 36 CS 183. Cited 40 CS 475.

Cited. 5 Conn. Cir. Ct. 406.

Subdiv. (37) (former Subdiv. (39)):

Cited. 189 C. 518.

Cited. 36 CS 586.

Subdiv. (41) (former Subdiv. (43)):

Cited. 171 C. 63.

Cited. 40 CS 70.

Sec. 42a-1-202. Notice; knowledge. (a) Subject to subsection (f) of this section, a person has “notice” of a fact if the person:

(1) Has actual knowledge of it;

(2) Has received a notice or notification of it; or

(3) From all the facts and circumstances known to the person at the time in question, has reason to know that it exists.

(b) “Knowledge” or “knows” means actual knowledge.

(c) “Discover”, “learn” or words of similar import refer to knowledge rather than to reason to know.

(d) A person “notifies” or “gives” a notice or notification to another person by taking such steps as may be reasonably required to inform the other person in ordinary course, whether or not the other person actually comes to know of it.

(e) Subject to subsection (f) of this section, a person “receives” a notice or notification when:

(1) It comes to that person’s attention; or

(2) It is duly delivered in a form reasonable under the circumstances at the place of business through which the contract was made or at another location held out by that person as the place for receipt of such communications.

(f) Notice, knowledge or a notice or notification received by an organization is effective for a particular transaction from the time it is brought to the attention of the individual conducting that transaction and, in any event, from the time it would have been brought to the individual’s attention if the organization had exercised due diligence. An organization exercises due diligence if it maintains reasonable routines for communicating significant information to the person conducting the transaction and there is reasonable compliance with the routines. Due diligence does not require an individual acting for the organization to communicate information unless the communication is part of the individual’s regular duties or the individual has reason to know of the transaction and that the transaction would be materially affected by the information.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-202; P.A. 05-109, S. 8.)

History: P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Cited. 165 C. 1.

Sec. 42a-1-203. Lease distinguished from security interest. (a) Whether a transaction in the form of a lease creates a lease or a security interest is determined by the facts of each case.

(b) A transaction in the form of a lease creates a security interest if the consideration that the lessee is to pay the lessor for the right to possession and use of the goods is an obligation for the term of the lease and is not subject to termination by the lessee, and:

(1) The original term of the lease is equal to or greater than the remaining economic life of the goods;

(2) The lessee is bound to renew the lease for the remaining economic life of the goods or is bound to become the owner of the goods;

(3) The lessee has an option to renew the lease for the remaining economic life of the goods for no additional consideration or for nominal additional consideration upon compliance with the lease agreement; or

(4) The lessee has an option to become the owner of the goods for no additional consideration or for nominal additional consideration upon compliance with the lease agreement.

(c) A transaction in the form of a lease does not create a security interest merely because:

(1) The present value of the consideration the lessee is obligated to pay the lessor for the right to possession and use of the goods is substantially equal to or is greater than the fair market value of the goods at the time the lease is entered into;

(2) The lessee assumes risk of loss of the goods;

(3) The lessee agrees to pay, with respect to the goods, taxes, insurance, filing, recording or registration fees, or service or maintenance costs;

(4) The lessee has an option to renew the lease or to become the owner of the goods;

(5) The lessee has an option to renew the lease for a fixed rent that is equal to or greater than the reasonably predictable fair market rent for the use of the goods for the term of the renewal at the time the option is to be performed; or

(6) The lessee has an option to become the owner of the goods for a fixed price that is equal to or greater than the reasonably predictable fair market value of the goods at the time the option is to be performed.

(d) Additional consideration is nominal if it is less than the lessee’s reasonably predictable cost of performing under the lease agreement if the option is not exercised. Additional consideration is not nominal if:

(1) When the option to renew the lease is granted to the lessee, the rent is stated to be the fair market rent for the use of the goods for the term of the renewal determined at the time the option is to be performed; or

(2) When the option to become the owner of the goods is granted to the lessee, the price is stated to be the fair market value of the goods determined at the time the option is to be performed.

(e) The “remaining economic life of the goods” and “reasonably predictable” fair market rent, fair market value or cost of performing under the lease agreement must be determined with reference to the facts and circumstances at the time the transaction is entered into.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-203; P.A. 84-546, S. 99, 173; P.A. 05-109, S. 9.)

History: P.A. 84-546 substituted “enforcement” for “endorsement”, in conformance with original act; P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Cited. 153 C. 179. Cited. 193 C. 558. Cited. 221 C. 530. Cited. 241 C. 24.

Cited as Sec. 42a-203. 42 CS 302.

Sec. 42a-1-204. Value. Except as otherwise provided in articles 3, 4 and 5, a person gives value for rights if the person acquires them:

(1) In return for a binding commitment to extend credit or for the extension of immediately available credit, whether or not drawn upon and whether or not a charge-back is provided for in the event of difficulties in collection;

(2) As security for, or in total or partial satisfaction of, a preexisting claim;

(3) By accepting delivery under a preexisting contract for purchase; or

(4) In return for any consideration sufficient to support a simple contract.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-204; P.A. 05-109, S. 10.)

History: P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Cited. 183 C. 266.

Former Subsec. (2):

Cited. 172 C. 112.

Sec. 42a-1-205. Reasonable time; seasonableness. (a) Whether a time for taking an action required by this title is reasonable depends on the nature, purpose and circumstances of the action.

(b) An action is taken seasonably if it is taken at or within the time agreed or, if no time is agreed, at or within a reasonable time.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-205; P.A. 05-109, S. 11.)

History: P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Burden of proof for establishment of custom and usage is on defendant. 160 C. 468. Cited. 198 C. 624. Cited. 216 C. 458.

Sec. 42a-1-206. Presumptions. Whenever this title creates a “presumption” with respect to a fact, or provides that a fact is “presumed”, the trier of fact must find the existence of the fact unless and until evidence is introduced that supports a finding of its nonexistence.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-206; P.A. 05-109, S. 12.)

History: P.A. 05-109 amended section to adopt the 2001 Revision of Uniform Commercial Code Article 1–General Provisions.

Cited. 172 C. 210.

Cited. 37 CS 751.

Secs. 42a-1-207 and 42a-1-208. Performance or acceptance under reservation of rights. Option to accelerate at will. Sections 42a-1-207 and 42a-1-208 are repealed, effective October 1, 2005.

(1959, P.A. 133, S. 1-207, 1-208; P.A. 91-304, S. 111; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 12, 70; P.A. 05-109, S. 56.)

PART 3

TERRITORIAL APPLICABILITY AND GENERAL RULES

Sec. 42a-1-301. Territorial applicability; parties’ power to choose applicable law. (a) Except as provided in this section, when a transaction bears a reasonable relation to this state and also to another state or nation, the parties may agree that the law either of this state or of such other state or nation shall govern their rights and duties. Failing such agreement, this title applies to transactions bearing an appropriate relation to this state.

(b) Where one of the following provisions of this title specifies the applicable law, that provision governs and a contrary agreement is effective only to the extent permitted by the law, including the conflict of laws rules, so specified:

Rights of creditors sold goods. Section 42a-2-402.

Applicability of the article on leases. Sections 42a-2A-105 and 42a-2A-106.

Applicability of the article on bank deposits and collections. Section 42a-4-102.

Governing law in the article on funds transfers. Section 42a-4A-507.

Letters of credit. Section 42a-5-116.

Applicability of the article on investment securities. Section 42a-8-110.

Law governing perfection, the effect of perfection or nonperfection and the priority of security interests and agricultural liens. Sections 42a-9-301 to 42a-9-307, inclusive.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 13.)

Annotations to former section 42a-1-105:

Subsec. (1):

Cited. 189 C. 591.

Cited. 14 CA 481.

Cited. 37 CS 7.

Cited. 6 Conn. Cir. Ct. 539.

Sec. 42a-1-302. Variation by agreement. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section or elsewhere in this title, the effect of provisions of this title may be varied by agreement.

(b) The obligations of good faith, diligence, reasonableness and care prescribed by this title may not be disclaimed by agreement. The parties, by agreement, may determine the standards by which the performance of such obligations is to be measured if such standards are not manifestly unreasonable. Whenever this title requires an action to be taken within a reasonable time, a time that is not manifestly unreasonable may be fixed by agreement.

(c) The presence in certain provisions of this title of the phrase “unless otherwise agreed”, or words of similar import, does not imply that the effect of other provisions may not be varied by agreement under this section.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 14.)

Sec. 42a-1-303. Course of performance, course of dealing and usage of trade. (a) A “course of performance” is a sequence of conduct between the parties to a particular transaction that exists if:

(1) The agreement of the parties with respect to the transaction involves repeated occasions for performance by a party; and

(2) The other party, with knowledge of the nature of the performance and opportunity for objection to it, accepts the performance or acquiesces in it without objection.

(b) A “course of dealing” is a sequence of conduct concerning previous transactions between the parties to a particular transaction that is fairly to be regarded as establishing a common basis of understanding for interpreting their expressions and other conduct.

(c) A “usage of trade” is any practice or method of dealing having such regularity of observance in a place, vocation or trade as to justify an expectation that it will be observed with respect to the transaction in question. The existence and scope of such a usage must be proved as facts. If it is established that such a usage is embodied in a trade code or similar record, the interpretation of the record is a question of law.

(d) A course of performance or course of dealing between the parties or usage of trade in the vocation or trade in which they are engaged or of which they are or should be aware is relevant in ascertaining the meaning of the parties’ agreement, may give particular meaning to specific terms of the agreement and may supplement or qualify the terms of the agreement. A usage of trade applicable in the place in which part of the performance under the agreement is to occur may be so utilized as to that part of the performance.

(e) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (f) of this section, the express terms of an agreement and any applicable course of performance, course of dealing or usage of trade must be construed whenever reasonable as consistent with each other. If such a construction is unreasonable:

(1) Express terms prevail over course of performance, course of dealing and usage of trade;

(2) Course of performance prevails over course of dealing and usage of trade; and

(3) Course of dealing prevails over usage of trade.

(f) Subject to section 42a-2-209, a course of performance is relevant to show a waiver or modification of any term inconsistent with the course of performance.

(g) Evidence of a relevant usage of trade offered by one party is not admissible unless that party has given the other party notice that the court finds sufficient to prevent unfair surprise to the other party.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 15.)

Sec. 42a-1-304. Obligation of good faith. Every contract or duty within this title imposes an obligation of good faith in its performance and enforcement.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 16.)

Sec. 42a-1-305. Remedies to be liberally administered. (a) The remedies provided by this title must be liberally administered to the end that the aggrieved party may be put in as good a position as if the other party had fully performed, but neither consequential or special damages nor penal damages may be had except as specifically provided in this title or by other rule of law.

(b) Any right or obligation declared by this title is enforceable by action unless the provision declaring it specifies a different and limited effect.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 17.)

Sec. 42a-1-306. Waiver or renunciation of claim or right after breach. A claim or right arising out of an alleged breach may be discharged in whole or in part without consideration by agreement of the aggrieved party in an authenticated record.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 18.)

Sec. 42a-1-307. Prima facie evidence by third-party documents. A document in due form purporting to be a bill of lading, policy or certificate of insurance, official weigher’s or inspector’s certificate, consular invoice, or any other document authorized or required by the contract to be issued by a third party is prima facie evidence of its own authenticity and genuineness and of the facts stated in the document by the third party.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 19.)

Sec. 42a-1-308. Performance or acceptance under reservation of rights. (a) A party that, with explicit reservation of rights, performs or promises performance or assents to performance in a manner demanded or offered by the other party does not thereby prejudice the rights reserved. Such words as “without prejudice”, “under protest” or the like are sufficient.

(b) Subsection (a) of this section does not apply to an accord and satisfaction.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 20.)

Sec. 42a-1-309. Option to accelerate at will. A term providing that one party or that party’s successor in interest may accelerate payment or performance or require collateral or additional collateral “at will” or when the party “deems itself insecure”, or words of similar import, means that the party has power to do so only if that party in good faith believes that the prospect of payment or performance is impaired. The burden of establishing lack of good faith is on the party against which the power has been exercised.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 21.)

Sec. 42a-1-310. Subordinated obligations. An obligation may be issued as subordinated to performance of another obligation of the person obligated, or a creditor may subordinate its right to performance of an obligation by agreement with either the person obligated or another creditor of the person obligated. Subordination does not create a security interest as against either the common debtor or a subordinated creditor.

(P.A. 05-109, S. 22.)