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Recent Important Decisions, Michigan Law Review Dec 1916

Recent Important Decisions, Michigan Law Review

Michigan Law Review

Adoption - Inheritance from Natural Kindred - The plaintiff, a minor, by his guardian sued to recover his share of his deceased grandfather's estate under the law of succession of the state of California. After the death of his father and mother he had been adopted into another family. The statute of California provides that the natural parents of an adopted child are "relieved *** of all parental duties towards and all responsibilities for the child so adopted and have no right over it," and the child and persons adopting "shall sustain towards each other the legal xelation of parent …


Note And Comment, Ralph W. Aigler, Harry G. Gault, Thomas E. Atkinson, Harry R. Hewitt Dec 1916

Note And Comment, Ralph W. Aigler, Harry G. Gault, Thomas E. Atkinson, Harry R. Hewitt

Michigan Law Review

Special Assessments Upon Cemetaries - Though the power to tax cemeteries would seem to be'entirely clear, very commonly land devoted to such purpose is declared by constitution or statute to be exempt. See CooLY, TAxATION, (3rd ed.) 354. So also in the case of special assessments such land, in the absence of a clear exemption, is liable thereto. Bloomington Cemetery Assoc. v. People, i39 IIl. 16, 28 N. E. io76; Mullins v. Cemetery Assoc., 239 Mo. 681, i44 S. W. iog; Buffalo City Cemetery v. Buffalo, 46 N. Y. 5o3; Lima v. Lima Cemetery Assoc., 42 Oh. St. 128, 5! …


Direct Primary Legislation In Michigan, Arthur C. Millspaugh Nov 1916

Direct Primary Legislation In Michigan, Arthur C. Millspaugh

Michigan Law Review

The first local direct nomination law in Michigan was passed ir 1901; the first general law in 1905. The public opinion, however, which looked to the abolition of the convention system of nomination, rather than to its legal regulation, had its inception as early as 1894. The unusually objectionable primaries of that year led to a pronounced but unorganized agitation for reform, in the course of which a few of the most radical proposed to abolish absolutely all conventions.1 The legislature of 1895 contented itself, however, with attempting the regulation of primaries and conventions, leaving most of the nominating machinery …


Recent Important Decisions, Michigan Law Review Nov 1916

Recent Important Decisions, Michigan Law Review

Michigan Law Review

Adjoining Landowners-Lateral Support.-Defendant was sued for injuries to plaintiff's dwelling on an adjoining lot caused by defendant's having -excavated on his lot after having given plaintiff notice of the intended excavation. Held, defendant, after having given plaintiff reasonable notice of 'the intended excavation, was not liable for injuries to plaintiff's building which resulted from defendant's "ordinarily careful excavation of his own lot:' Vandegrift, et al. v. Boward (Md. I916), 98 AtI. 528.


Note And Comment, Edgar N. Durfee, Harry J. Connine, Harry R. Hewitt, George C. Claassen Nov 1916

Note And Comment, Edgar N. Durfee, Harry J. Connine, Harry R. Hewitt, George C. Claassen

Michigan Law Review

The Mortgages in Possession in New York and in Michigan - It is interesting to observe how tenaciously the old common law of mortgages has persisted in the state of New York, the very cradle of the modem lien theory of the mortgage. As early as 18o2 Chancellor KENT began the importation into that state of Lord MANSFIELD'S Civil Law doctrines of mortgage. Johnson v. Hart, 3 Johns. Cas. 322. In 1814, in the case of Runyan v. Mersereau, ii Johns. 534, the lien theory definitely triumphed over the old law. In other cases, both before and since the statute …


Note And Comment, Evans Holbrook, Myron Mclaren, Walter F. Whitman May 1916

Note And Comment, Evans Holbrook, Myron Mclaren, Walter F. Whitman

Michigan Law Review

The Death of President Angell - The death of Dr. James Burrill ANGELL, president-emeritus of the university, has deprived the law school of a sympathetic and helpful friend. Such was the catholicity of Dr. ANGL'S mind and his intellectual interests that probably all departments of the university felt and had good reason to feel that he was in some special sense the interested friend of each.


Note And Comment, Walter F. Whitman, William C. Mullendore, Myron Mclaren, Harry B. Sutter, Renville Wheat Mar 1916

Note And Comment, Walter F. Whitman, William C. Mullendore, Myron Mclaren, Harry B. Sutter, Renville Wheat

Michigan Law Review

Attempt, Assault, and Assault with Intent - The case of State v. Lewis, decided in October, 1915, by the Supreme Court of Iowa, has an interesting bearing upon the law of assault and of criminal attempts. Two men, Tropp and Cox, observed a third, Dunlevy, asleep on a cot with a pocketbook under his pillow. Tropp armed himself with a leather sap and a loaded revolver and moved quietly to the head of the cot, when Dunlevy, feeling the presence of some one in the room, sprang to his feet. Tropp fled from the room with Dunlevy after him, but …


Charter Amending Powers Of Cities Under Michigan Home-Rule Legislation, Robert R. Jacobson Feb 1916

Charter Amending Powers Of Cities Under Michigan Home-Rule Legislation, Robert R. Jacobson

Michigan Law Review

The recent development in Michigan of the idea of home-rule for cities and villages makes the relation of municipal to state government there a matter of particular interest at the present time. The constitution of 1908 provided that the legislature should pass general laws giving to cities and villages the power to construct their own charters.1 The next two assemblies both attempted to frame statutes in accord with this general provision, 2 but the decisions of the Supreme Court in a number of important cases showed that these acts failed of their purpose. Having found that under the constitution as …


Newton D. Baker Scrapbook, March 16-September 30, 1916, Newton D. Baker Jan 1916

Newton D. Baker Scrapbook, March 16-September 30, 1916, Newton D. Baker

Newton D. Baker Scrapbooks

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Newton D. Baker Scrapbook, October 29, 1915-January 31, 1916, Newton D. Baker Jan 1916

Newton D. Baker Scrapbook, October 29, 1915-January 31, 1916, Newton D. Baker

Newton D. Baker Scrapbooks

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The Michigan Judicature Act Of 1915, Edson R. Sunderland Jan 1916

The Michigan Judicature Act Of 1915, Edson R. Sunderland

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IN 1848 a wave of reform in judicial procedure began to sweep over the United States. In that year the legislature of New York enacted the Code of Civil Procedure, a statute of far-reaching importance, for it became the source of and the model for similar legislation in almost two-thirds of the States in the Union.


Is Texas A Common Law State?, Basil Duke Sartin Jan 1916

Is Texas A Common Law State?, Basil Duke Sartin

Kentucky Law Journal

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The Governor's Executive Power, Lyman Chalkley Jan 1916

The Governor's Executive Power, Lyman Chalkley

Kentucky Law Journal

No abstract provided.


The Sheriff's Return, Edson R. Sunderland Jan 1916

The Sheriff's Return, Edson R. Sunderland

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When William the Conqueror found himself military master of Britain, he was confronted by a governmental problem quite different from that which has usually accompanied foreign conquest. He did not subdue a nation already organized, substituting his power for that of its former ruler in the conventional way of conquerors. Britain was a geographical unit but politically and socially it was a congeries of loosely related communities. The natural law of survival of the fittest normally operates upon peoples as upon individuals, and develops centralized power as a means of self-preservation. But Britain had a substitute for this. The sheltering …


Special Assessments Upon Cemeteries, Ralph W. Aigler Jan 1916

Special Assessments Upon Cemeteries, Ralph W. Aigler

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Though the power to tax cemeteries would seem to be entirely clear, very commonly land devoted to such purpose is declared by constitution or statute to be exempt. See COOLY, TAXATION, (3rd ed.) 354. So also in the case of special assessments such land, in the absence of a clear exemption, is liable thereto. Bloomington Cemetery Assoc. v. People, 139 IIl. 16, 28 N. E. 1076; Mullins v. Cemetery Assoc., 239 Mo. 681, 144 S. W. 109; Buffalo City Cemetery v. Buffalo, 46 N. Y. 503; Lima v. Lima Cemetery Assoc., 42 Oh. St. 128, 51 Am. Rep. 809. It …


Mortgagee In Possession In New York And Michigan, Edgar N. Durfee Jan 1916

Mortgagee In Possession In New York And Michigan, Edgar N. Durfee

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It is interesting to observe how tenaciously the old common law of mortgages has persisted in the state of New York, the very cradle of the modem lien theory of the mortgage. As early as 1802 Chancellor KENT began the importation into that state of Lord MANSFIELD'S Civil Law doctrines of mortgage. Johnson v. Hart, 3 Johns. Cas. 322. In 1814, in the case of Runyan v. Mersereau, 11 Johns. 534, the lien theory definitely triumphed over the old law. In other cases, both before and since the statute of 1828 denying ejectment to the mortgagee, the details of mortgage …


Performance Of Legal Obligation As A Consideration For A Promise, John B. Waite Jan 1916

Performance Of Legal Obligation As A Consideration For A Promise, John B. Waite

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At a time when the true reasonableness of the common law and its responsiveness to the actualities of life are under criticism, it is interesting to find several cases, within the past year, affirming the old rule that performance of a legal duty is not consideration for a promise. In Vance v. Ellison, (V. Va.) 85 S. E. 776, suit was brought to enjoin the enforcement of a deed of trust executed by plaintiff to defendant, to secure payment of $1000 promised for legal services. It was admitted that when the deed was executed the defendant was already bound by …


Recovery Of The Purchase Price Before Title Has Passed, John B. Waite Jan 1916

Recovery Of The Purchase Price Before Title Has Passed, John B. Waite

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In an action recently instituted by The General Electric Co. to recover on a contract to manufacture certain machinery for the defendant, which machinery the defendant had refused to accept, the trial court adopted the contract price as the measure of damages. The upper court approved this measure of damages, rejecting the argument that the measure should have been the difference between the market value and the contract price, and dismissed, as no longer appropriate to modern conditions, the decisions in Bement v. Smith, 15 Wend. (N. Y.) 493, and Shawhan v. Van Nest. 25 Oh. St. 490. The court …


Estates In Fee Tail, Ralph W. Aigler Jan 1916

Estates In Fee Tail, Ralph W. Aigler

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Quite generally estates in fee tail under the Statute de Donis were recognized by the states as a part of the common law. Statutory provisions in the way of modification and abolishment of such estates, however, are very common. The nature and scope of the statutory provisions have varied.