Bank of Loganville v. Lisle, 76340

Citation371 S.E.2d 215,187 Ga.App. 763
Decision Date15 June 1988
Docket NumberNo. 76340,76340
CourtUnited States Court of Appeals (Georgia)

Charles R. Hager III, Snellville, for appellant.

Anthony O.L. Powell, Laurenceville, for appellee.

McMURRAY, Presiding Judge.

The Bank of Loganville brought suit against Loganville Factory Outlet, Inc., F.W. Lisle and Larry B. Beall. It was alleged that Lisle was liable to the bank pursuant to a "guaranty" in which he promised to pay the corporation's debt to the bank. Lisle answered the complaint and denied that he was indebted to the bank. Following discovery, F.W. Lisle moved for summary judgment. The motion was granted and the bank appealed. Held:

Viewing the evidence in favor of the bank as we are bound to do, Georgia Intl. Life Ins. Co. v. Huckabee, 175 Ga.App. 343, 345, 333 S.E.2d 618, we find the following: Lisle was president of Loganville Factory Outlet, Inc., and Beall was the corporation's vice-president and secretary. On July 19, 1983, the corporation executed a promissory note payable to the bank. The note was signed by Lisle and Beall in their corporate capacities. It was in the amount of $50,000 and it bore interest at the rate of 13.5 percent. Thereafter, the note was renewed three times, on October 19, 1983, January 19, 1984, and April 19, 1984. The renewal notes were also in the amount of $50,000. They bore interest at the rate of 14 percent, 13.5 percent and 14.5 percent, with the last note bearing the greatest interest rate.

Although Lisle denies it, there is evidence that he signed a written "guaranty" with regard to the first promissory note and the renewal notes dated October 19, 1983, and January 19, 1984. In pertinent part, the "guaranty" instruments read: "For value received the undersigned ... hereby unconditionally guarantee(s) the payment of the Note on the reverse side hereof and all extensions or renewals thereof ... Undersigned also agree(s) that the holder of said Note may from time to time and without notice ... grant any releases, compromises or indulgences with respect to said Note or any extension or renewal thereof ... all without notice to or consent of the undersigned and without affecting the liability of the undersigned hereunder ..."

It is undisputed that Lisle did not sign a written guaranty with respect to the last note. He contends his obligation to the bank was discharged pursuant to OCGA § 10-7-22 because his risk was increased when the bank charged interest at the rate of 14.5 percent on that last note.

We agree that Lisle's risk was increased by the change in the terms of the last note. Nevertheless, we cannot agree that Lisle was discharged. Why? Because there is evidence that Lisle...

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  • Panasonic Indus. Co. v. Hall, A90A0962
    • United States
    • United States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
    • December 4, 1990
    ...It follows that the trial court erred in granting [Hall's] motion for [directed verdict on this basis.]" Bank of Loganville v. Lisle, 187 Ga.App. 763, 764, 371 S.E.2d 215 (1988). Accord Rice v. Ga. R. Bank, etc., Co., 183 Ga.App. 302, 303(1), 358 S.E.2d 882 (1987). See also Rogers v. C & S ......
  • Lisle v. Bank of Loganville, A89A0753
    • United States
    • United States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
    • May 16, 1989
    ...decisions in Divisions 1 and 2, supra, as well as this court's ruling in a prior appearance of this action, Bank of Loganville v. Lisle, 187 Ga.App. 763, 371 S.E.2d 215 (1988). Judgment BANKE, P.J., and POPE, J., concur. ...

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