American Woolen Co. v. Maaget – Case Brief Summary (Connecticut)

In American Woolen Co. v. Maaget, 86 Conn. 234, 85 A. 583 (1912), the Court stated:

"In the absence of evidence of a contrary intention and of any other controlling circumstances, the law presumes that the entry of payments generally as credits upon an open, running merchant's account, indicates the intention of the creditor to apply the payments to the earliest items of the account. The rule, although general, is, by no means, universal. It is not an artificial or arbitrary principle, but one founded merely on the presumed intention of the parties; and is applicable only where there is no evidence sufficient to show a contrary intention." Id., at 247-48.