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Alden v. Vernon Presley
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Jo Laverne Alden (Plaintiff), the mother of Ginger Alden, the former girlfriend of late Elvis Presley, brought suit against Elvis Presley’s estate (Defendant) to enforce a promises made by Elvis before he died. Elvis had promised to pay for Alden’s divorce, to buy the husband’s equity in the home, and to pay off the leftover debt on the home. Alden filed for divorce from her husband because of Elvis’ promises. After fulfilling the other promises, Elvis died before he could pay off the leftover debt on the home. Defendant refused to assume responsibility for the debt. To settle with her husband, Alden assumed responsibility for the debt on the home as well as responsibility for the mortgage. However, the agreement was never submitted to the court. Alden later refused to honor the agreement with her husband. After Plaintiff filed suit, the trial court held in favor of Defendant. The trial court held that the promise to pay the debt was simply a gift that was not given. As a result, Alden appealed to the appellate court, which affirmed the trial court holding that there was no gift and reversed the trial court’s ruling with respect to promissory estoppel. The appellate court held that Alden had endured sufficient forbearance in reliance on Elvis’ promise. Defendant subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court of Tennessee.
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