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Albright v. Teas

106 U.S. 613, 1 S. Ct. 550, 27 L. Ed. 295 (1883)

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Albright v. Teas

United States Supreme Court

106 U.S. 613, 1 S. Ct. 550, 27 L. Ed. 295 (1883)

Facts

Andrew Teas (plaintiff) was an inventor who created and patented improvements to saddles. In 1876 Teas assigned his patents to Andrew Albright and Edwin R. Cahoone (the manufacturers) (defendants). Under the contract, the manufacturers agreed to manufacture Teas’s patented saddle improvements and to pay Teas royalties for the goods they sold. Eventually, Teas suspected that the manufacturers were not paying him the total amount of royalties they owed him under the contract. Teas sued the manufacturers in state court, seeking an inspection of the manufacturers’ accounts to determine the amount of royalties they owed him and an order for the manufacturers to pay the determined amount. The manufacturers filed a petition to remove the case to federal court. The manufacturers argued that because the case involved patents, it arose under patent laws and was under the exclusive jurisdiction of federal courts. The federal circuit court removed the case from state court. Albright petitioned to remand the case to state court, arguing that the case was about a breach of state contract law. The circuit court remanded the case to state court. The manufacturers appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Woods, J.)

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