Business Associations Keyed to Hamilton
Cargill, Inc. v. Hedge
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Sam (D) and Annette Hedge (Hedges) (D) owned a 160-acre farm assigned to their corporation, Hedge Farm, Inc., with Annette as sole shareholder (D). For years, Sam regularly purchased supplies and services on account from Cargill, Inc. (P). Cargill (P) commenced suit on the account, and through it, the corporation. After an execution sale, Cargill (P) came out the successful bidder. Annette (D) intervened, and the trial court ruled the Hedges (D) had a homestead exemption of 80 acres. The appellate court affirmed and found that as sole shareholder, Annette (D) had an equitable interest in the property, which, combined with occupancy satisfied the requirements for homestead. The supreme court granted review.
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