Hunter v. Austin Co

In Hunter v. Austin Co., 336 So. 2d 203 (Ala. Civ. App. 1976), a leasing contract was signed by "Clarence Hunter, T/A Hunter Cricket Farm By Clarence Hunter, Lessor." 336 So. 2d at 204. In litigation that ensued, Clarence Hunter and his wife argued that by signing the contract as he did he was indicating that he was signing as an agent for his wife, who did business under the name Hunter Cricket Farm. The Court of Civil Appeals held that because the letters "T/A," which presumably were an abbreviation for "trading as," had no meaning in the law, there was no ambiguity in the contract and Hunter was liable under the contract, but his wife was not. In Hunter, Hunter indicated only that he was signing "T/A," or "trading as" a trade name.