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Ricketts v. Scothorn
Citation:57 Neb. 51, 77 N.W. 365, 1898 Neb. 346
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Plaintiff quit her job and left her profession as a bookkeeper after her grandfather gave her a promissory note promising to pay her $2,000 on demand and 6% annual interest. When he gave her the note, her grandfather stated that he did not want his grandchildren to work, and upon receiving the note, Plaintiff quit her job. Neither the terms of the note nor her grandfather’s statements obligated her to quit her job to receive the promised sum, although this appeared to be her grandfather’s intention. Her grandfather paid one year’s interest on the note, but had not paid the balance by the time of his death. Plaintiff sued Defendant for breaching the terms of the promissory note. The trial court entered judgment in favor of Plaintiff, and Defendant appealed.
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