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Civil Procedure Keyed to Friedenthal
Ryder v. Jefferson Hotel Co
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Edith and Charles Ryder, husband and wife, Plaintiffs, sued Jefferson Hotel Co., Defendant, for injuries suffered while Plaintiffs stayed at the hotel. Plaintiffs alleged that Defendant’s employee woke Plaintiffs in the night, insulted Edith and forced Plaintiffs to leave the hotel at midnight and seek another place to stay. Charles alleged that he suffered injury to his reputation, credit and business and his business has lost profit because of the incident. Defendant demurred arguing that the Plaintiffs claims could not be joined together. The District Court overruled the demurrer and Defendant appealed.
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