Contracts Keyed to Murphy
Vokes v. Arthur Murray, Inc.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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The Plaintiff, Vokes (Plaintiff), a 51 year-old widow, desired to be an “accomplished dancer.” The Defendant, J.P. Davenport d/b/a Davenport’s school of dancing (a franchise of Arthur Murray, Inc.) (Defendant), vowed to help make that dream come true. Over the course of a few years, Plaintiff signed several contracts with Defendant and paid out cash in the amount of $31,090.45 for lessons and dance-related trips. After learning that she had no dancing ability, Plaintiff sought a rescission of the contracts and a return of her money, based on allegations of fraud. Plaintiff’s Complaint was dismissed, with prejudice, for failure to state a cause of action. Plaintiff appealed.
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