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Langman v. Alumni Association of the University of Virginia
Citation:442 S.E.2d 669
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Dr. M.W. Langman (plaintiff) deeded a commercial property to the Alumni Association of the University of Virginia (“Alumni Association”) (defendant). The gift, however, turned out to be a burden. By accepting the property, the Alumni Association incurred a mortgage. The deed included a debt-assumption clause that stated the grantee, the Alumni Association, would assume payment of the mortgage and agreed to hold the grantor, Dr. Langman, harmless from liability. The loan charges and expenses of running the property eventually exceeded its revenue, and Dr. Langman had to pay off some of the debt. She brought suit against the Alumni Association, seeking reimbursement. The Alumni Association argued that it had never signed a written agreement to assume the mortgage.
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