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Hauck v. Crawford
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Hauck, a farmer with an eighth-grade education, was the owner of a large farm. D.W. Crawford and two other men began to speak to Hauck about the lease of Hauck’s farm for oil and gas operations. Subsequently, Hauck agreed to lease his property to the men. One of the men began to prepare the paperwork, told Hauck exactly where to sign on the paper, and told Hauck that he was signing a lease agreement. Despite the fact that the men and Hauck never spoke about a mineral deed, Hauck, at that moment, was unknowingly signing a deed that conveyed one-half of his minerals on his property to Crawford. Thereafter, Crawford gave the mineral rights to White and Duncan. Hauck instigated an action to quiet title, in order to void the mineral deed and other deeds that transferred mineral rights. The trial court voided the deeds on the grounds that Hauck’s signature was obtained in a manner that constituted a forgery. Additionally, the trial court held that White and Duncan were bona fide purchasers for value, without inquiring into their knowledge of Crawford’s fraud. Subsequently, Crawford, White, and Duncan appealed alleging that Hauck should not prevail, as Hauck was an intelligent farmer and was negligent in signing the mineral deed.
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