Civil Procedure Keyed to Cound
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Slade, Plaintiff, alleged that Morley, Defendant asked Plaintiff to sow wheat and rye and grow it into blades for Defendant. Defendant in turn allegedly promised to pay 16 pounds to Plaintiff. Plaintiff grew the wheat and rye. Plaintiff then sued Defendant for non-payment. Defendant argued that there was no contract to perform, just the bargain made between Plaintiff and Defendant. In addition, Defendant argued he did pay 16 pounds to Plaintiff. A jury returned a special verdict, finding Defendant paid Plaintiff for the wheat and the rye and that there was no other promises made between Plaintiff and Defendant other than the bargain in question. The issue was presented to the Justices and Barons to resolve differences between the courts regarding the issue.
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