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Summers v. Dooley
Citation:481 P.2d 318 (1971)
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Summers, plaintiff-appellant, entered a partnership agreement with Dooley, defendant-respondent, in 1958 for the purpose of operating a trash collection business. The business was operated by the two men. In 1962, Dooley became unable to work and, at his own expense, hired an employee to take his place. In July 1966, Summers approached his partner Dooley regarding the hiring of an additional employee but Dooley refused. Summers nevertheless hired the man and paid him out of his own pocket. Dooley objected and refused to pay for the new employee out of the partnership funds. Summers instituted this suit for $6,000 against his partner.
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