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Bright v. Ganas

Court of Appeals of Maryland
189 A. 427 (1937)


Facts

Paul Ganas (plaintiff) worked as a servant for James G. Darden beginning in 1929. Darden drafted an agreement stating that Darden would pay Ganas $20,000 from Darden’s estate if Ganas served Darden faithfully for the rest of Darden’s life. In 1933, Ganas wrote Darden’s wife a letter professing Ganas’ love. Darden’s wife never showed Darden the letter. Darden subsequently died. Ganas sued Robert S. Bright (defendant), the executor of Darden’s estate, for the $20,000. Bright refused payment after learning of the letter Ganas wrote Darden’s wife. The trial court entered judgment in favor of Ganas awarding him $8,990. Bright appealed.

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