Quiz 11: Agreement in Traditional and E-Contracts
No. Here, the terms of the offer were that the informants contact the tip line, rather than law enforcement. Furthermore, the informants needed to contact the tip line and communicate their acceptance. Here, there was no contact relaying acceptance. Thus, a contract would not be formed.
Here, S responds to B's inquiry with invitation for an offer. A contract must have reasonably certain terms, related to the price and timing of the contract. Thus, S's response to B could be seen as a preliminary negotiation. It is not an offer. B's letter back including a set price of $60,000 is then the offer, which S must accept to form a contract. However, without S's acceptance, there is no contract.
The court argues that the offer provided by Crime Stoppers did not state that contacting law enforcement would constitute an acceptance of the offer. Crime Stoppers stated that the informant should contact Crime Stoppers directly with the information. The informant did not follow the proposed terms of the contract and cannot argue afterwards that this constituted adherence to the contract terms when it clearly did not.