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Utah – Accord and Satisfaction

In Utah, the elements of accord and satisfaction are:

  • a bona fide dispute over an unliquidated amount;
  • a payment tendered in full settlement of the entire dispute; and
  • an acceptance of the payment.[i]

An accord and satisfaction arises when the parties to a contract agree that a different performance, to be made in substitution of the performance originally agreed upon, will discharge the obligation created under the original agreement.[ii]  The substituted agreement calling for the different performance discharges the obligation created under the original agreement.  The elements essential to contracts generally must be present in a contract of accord and satisfaction, including offer and acceptance, competent parties, and consideration.  The scope of an accord and satisfaction is determined by the intention of the parties.[iii]


[i] Estate Landscape & Snow Removal Specialists v. Mountain States Tel. & Tel. Co., 844 P.2d 322 (Utah 1992)

[ii] Golden Key Realty v. Mantas, 699 P.2d 730 (Utah 1985)

[iii] Quealy v. Anderson, 714 P.2d 667 (Utah 1986)

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