- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 45. Trade and Commerce
- Chapter 4. Bank Deposits and Collections
- Section 208. Presentment Warranties.
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AS 45.04.208. Presentment Warranties.
- (a) If an unaccepted draft is presented to the drawee for payment or acceptance and the drawee pays or accepts the draft,
the person obtaining payment or acceptance, at the time of presentment, and a previous transferor of the draft, at the
time of transfer, warrant to the drawee that pays or accepts the draft in good faith that
- (1) the warrantor is, or was at the time the warrantor transferred the draft, a person entitled to enforce the draft or
authorized to obtain payment or acceptance of the draft on behalf of a person entitled to enforce the draft;
- (2) the draft has not been altered; and
- (3) the warrantor does not have knowledge that the signature of the purported drawer of the draft is unauthorized.
- (b) A drawee making payment may recover from a warrantor damages for breach of warranty equal to the amount paid by the
drawee less the amount the drawee received or is entitled to receive from the drawer because of the payment. In
addition, the drawee is entitled to compensation for expenses and loss of interest resulting from the breach. The right
of the drawee to recover damages under this subsection is not affected by a failure of the drawee to exercise ordinary
care in making payment. If the drawee accepts the draft, breach of warranty is a defense to the obligation of the
acceptor, and if the acceptor makes payment with respect to the draft, the acceptor is entitled to recover from a
warrantor for breach of warranty the amounts stated in this subsection.
- (c) If a drawee asserts a claim for breach of warranty under (a) of this section based on an unauthorized endorsement of
the draft or an alteration of the draft, the warrantor may defend by proving that the endorsement is effective under AS
or 45.03.405 or the drawer is precluded under AS 45.03.406
or AS 45.04.406
from asserting against the drawee the unauthorized endorsement or alteration.
- (d) If a dishonored draft is presented for payment to the drawer or an endorser, or if any other item is presented for
payment to a party obliged to pay the item, and the item is paid, the person obtaining payment and a prior transferor
of the item warrant to the person making payment in good faith that the warrantor is, or was, at the time the warrantor
transferred the item, a person entitled to enforce the item or authorized to obtain payment on behalf of a person
entitled to enforce the item. The person making payment may recover from any warrantor for breach of warranty an amount
equal to the amount paid plus expenses and loss of interest resulting from the breach.
- (e) The warranties stated in (a) and (d) of this section may not be disclaimed with respect to checks. Unless notice of a
claim for breach of warranty is given to the warrantor within 30 days after the claimant has reason to know of the
breach and the identity of the warrantor, the warrantor is discharged to the extent of any loss caused by the delay in
giving notice of the claim.
- (f) A cause of action for breach of warranty under this section accrues when the claimant has reason to know of the
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