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Summary of District of Columbia Laws

Commercial Law

"Uniform Commercial Code"

D.C. Code Ann. §§ 28:1-101 through 28:11-10

The Law: D.C. has adopted all nine articles of the Uniform Commercial Code, in whole or in part. The nine articles are: General Provisions (Article 1), Sales (Article 2), Leases (Article 2A), Negotiable Instruments (Article 3), Bank Deposits and Collections (Article 4), Funds Transfers (Article 4A), Letters of Credit (Article 5), Bulk Transfers (Article 6), Warehouse Receipts, Bills of Landing and Other Documents of Title (Article 7), Investment Securities (Article 8), and Secured Transactions (Article 9). The D.C. Code establishes an obligation of good faith in the performance or enforcement of every contract or duty covered by the Uniform Commercial Code. See D.C. Code Ann. § 28:1-203.

Sales: Article 2 addresses the sale of goodsFormal requirements for sales include that there must be a sufficient writing between parties (for the sale of goods of $500 or more) which indicates a contract has been established and has been signed by the parties. Also, it may not omit or incorrectly state an agreed upon term. This article outlines other important sales provisions such as general obligations under contracting, performance under a contract, breach of contract, and remedies. See D.C. Code Ann. §§ 28:2-101 to 28:2-725.

The current version of Article 9 became effective on July 1, 2001.

Reference: District of Columbia Practice Manual § 7 (15th ed. 2006).

Revised CPJ 5-14-07
Revised NTC 11-6-07
links updated 6/6/08 rab
Links checked July 15th, 2010, FJL.