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W.O. Lucy v. A.H. Zehmer
Citation:196 Va. 493.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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The Complainant (Lucy) had tried to purchase a farm from the Defendants (Mr. and Mrs. Zehmer) before but had been rejected. The Complainant then offered $50,000, and the Defendant, believing that he did not have the money, jokingly signed an agreement over drinks selling the farm as a bluff meant to expose that the Complainant did not have the money. The Defendant then obtained his wife’s signature, but only by assuring her it was a joke and not serious. The Complainant then took the document. Only when the Complainant offered $5 to seal the deal did the Defendant realize that it was a serious transaction, and then tried to disclaim the agreement. The Complainant then brought suit.
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