SUNICO vs CHUIDIAN Carson | 1908 Parties: Tomas Sunico, executor of the estate of Telesforo Chuidian; Francisco Chuidian Partners

: Telesforo Chuidian, Candelaria Chuidian, Raymunda Chuidian and Mariano Buenaventura Facts: 1. The case: Tomas Sunico, executor under the will of Telesforo Chuidian, filed a complaint against Francisco Chuidian in which he alleged that Francisco Chuidian received from Telesforo various sums amounting to 8,040.78, Mexican currency, which Franciso Chuidian obligated himself to pay, and which is now due and payable. Francisco filed a general denial and prayed that this action be united with a pending action wherein Francisco was plaintiff, and the estate of Telesforo, Tomas Sunico, and la sociedad Chuidian, Buenaventura y Cia., and Enrique de Mercaida, liquidator, were defendants. 2. Telesforo Chuidian, Candelaria Chuidian, Raymunda Chuidian and Mariano Buenaventura formed a partnership called Chuidian, Buenaventura y Compania. The capital of the said partnership was fixed at 160,000 pesos, of which the three partners first above mentioned were to pay 150,000 and the last mentioned 10,000 pesos. Aside from their interest in the capital of the said partnership, each of the said partners had a current account with the society, which was treated as an interestbearing credit against the same. 3. Besides these credits in favor of the individual partners, the said partnership was indebted to the plaintiff Francisco in the sum of 24,630.22 pesos. Subsequently, the account of the plaintiff with the society was balanced, showing a balance in favor of the plaintiff amounting to 20,116.00 pesos. 4. In their articles of partnership, the partners had agreed that the credits of the plaintiff and of Jose Chuidian should be preferred to the credits of the different partners in the settlement of the partnership accounts. 5. Notwithstanding the preference secured to the credit of the plaintiff, the partners had withdrawn from their respective current accounts considerable sums in excess of that authorized by the articles of partnership, for the purpose of paying their individual credits. 6. 1902 – Telesforo died. 7. Since the date of reorganization of the said society, it had suffered heavy losses, which, united to the withdrawal of almost the entire individual credits due the partners, left the said society in a state of complete insolvency. 8. Francisco demanded the amounts due him. Defendant partnership contends that the right of the plaintiff to recover the debt due him was postponed to the right of the outside creditors to be paid the debts due them. It also averred that at the request of

the sum of 14. b. the responsibility of the various partners could not as yet be fixed. “Execution will not issue hereon until the partnership of Chuidian. and for judgment dismissing the said Francisco Chuidian’s claim against said estate. the current account of the plaintiff amounted only to 14. Tomas Sunico appealed. the said society had goods.236 pesos. and in case it is not satisfied any balance appearing unsatisfied may be offset against this judgment. in his separate answer. Also. He also avers that the partnership was never declared insolvent and on the contrary. except that it is expressly recognized in the said articles.the plaintiff. it expressly appears from an examination of the said articles that he took no part therein. subject to the foregoing findings. 10. c. for the sum of 9. On the contrary. has been liquidated. upon which execution had never been levied. Rendered judgment in favor of Francisco Chuidian against Enrique de Marcaida as liquidator for the sum of 13. and that these debts have not yet been paid. and that. as a consequence thereof.413 pesos. it was agreed that payment of the amount due to the plaintiff should not be made until certain other debts had been paid. the latter to be credited in current account. Tomas Sunico contends that: • Under one of the clauses of the articles of partnership. the capital falling to the share of the minors Jose Marcaida and Francisco Chuidian will be deducted together with interest at the rate of 8 percent per annum. amounting to 585. because clause 19 of the articles of partnership prescribes that upon the dissolution of the partnership. Buenaventura & Co.256 pesos. Rendered judgment in favor of Tomas Sunico and against Francisco Chuidian.Trial Court: a. outside creditors other than Francisco Chuidian and his brother Jose Chuidian should be first paid. 11. Answer: YES.” HELD • It does not appear that the plaintiff was a member of said partnership. 9. alleged that the responsibility of the partners in the said partnership was limited to their share in the capital therein.74 pesos. ISSUE: WON Francisco Chuidian is entitled to recover the sum of 13. and the defendant’s claim as hereinbefore found satisfied. he contends that the partnership was still in the course of liquidation and not yet terminated. This article is as follows: o “Upon the dissolution of the company the corporate capital shall be distributed as follows: After the payment of outstanding obligations in favor of persons foreign to the society. and that the debt due him stands on the same footing as any other indebtedness of the company.619. that he was not a partner.000 pesos which appeared in his current account was transferred to Jose Chuidian. Hence.413 pesos. Under the circumstances the plaintiff is not and cannot be bound by the . Tomas Sunico. on the date the complaint was filed. real estate and credits. or that he ever agreed to this clause of the articles of partnership.

this partnership can not be held to be a compañia colectiva as defined in the Code of Commerce. the partnership in question was not a compañia colectiva. On the contrary. • We do not think. so far as it affects third persons. Appellant insists that since one of the conditions of a compañia colectiva is that all its members are bound personal y solidariamente (individually and jointly) for its obligations. be they or be they not managing partners of the same. Muñoz. and this right is not taken away by the provisions of article 237 of the Code of Commerce. are personally and jointly liable with all their property for the results of the transactions made in the name and for the account of the partnership. and individual member of the partnership. and since the said clause in the articles of partnership expressly provides that the partners shall not be thus responsible for its obligations. we are of opinion that if it be found on examination that in all other respects the partnership is a compañia colectiva as defined by the Code of Commerce. this clause of the articles of partnership must be held to be absolutely null and void. DISPOSITIVE: The judgment of the trial court should be. as it is alleged. because the rights secured therein can be and should be recognized and protected in the judgment.1) In the case at bar the provision for the suspension of execution on appellant's judgment. So ordered. Article 117 of the Code of Commerce expressly provides that whatever be the . in the same action in which judgment was rendered against the partnership itself. however. and its satisfaction from the amount which the appellee's participation in the proceeds of the liquidation of the partnership assets shall be found to fall short of the total amount for which judgment is allowed him against the partnership. (La Compañia Maritima vs. and should not be disturbed. being in manifest conflict with the provisions of the said article 127 of the code. and is hereby. however. seem to afford an eminently practical recognition and mode of preservation of the rights of both parties. that the above-cited provisions of the Code of Commerce and the Civil Code are not applicable in this case because.provisions of the articles of partnership relied upon by the appellants nor can they have the effect of postponing his right of recovery. execution will not issue on the individual property of partners until the partnership property has been exhausted. affirmed with the costs of this instance against the appellant. • It is contended. as contended by the appellant. Not so relevant to the topic but Ma’am might ask • It is said that the appellee was not entitled to judgment against the appellant. And Article 1144 of the Civil Code provides that a creditor may sue any of the joint debtors or all of them simultaneously. and clause 19 of the articles of partnership expressly limits the responsibility of the partners to the amount of the capital invested in the partnership. because under the provisions of article 237 of the Code of Commerce. • These provisions clearly establish the right of a creditor of the partnership (compañia colectiva) to bring his action against the individual partners and the partnership at the same time. that this is a necessary consequence flowing from the insertion of this provisions in the articles of partnership. • But Article 127 of the Code of Commerce provides that all the members of the general copartnership.

a condition which attempts to relieve the partners of a responsibility expressly imposed by law for the protection and security of third persons dealing with the partnership is prohibited. Clearly.form in which the article of partnership are executed. the lawful and honest conditions thereof shall be valid and obligatory. if they comply with the legal requisites. . but only in so far as they are not expressly prohibited in that code. and is therefore invalid and of no effect so far as it affects them.

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