Logourl black
From our private database of 13,000+ case briefs...

Britton v. Gannon

Supreme Court of Oklahoma
285 P.2d 407 (1955)


Facts

In a prior action, Mark Gannon (plaintiff) sued W.R. Britton (defendant) and others in the Circuit Court of Fayette County in Illinois to recover certain personal property owned by Mark Gannon’s brother, Roy (Spike) Gannon. Spike Gannon told Britton that he was a necessary defendant, but assured him that no judgment would be taken against him. Britton relied on Spike Gannon’s representations, and made no effort to defend the suit. The Illinois state court entered judgment in favor of Mark Gannon against Britton for $18,000. Thereafter, Mark Gannon brought this action to enforce that judgment in the District Court of Pontotoc County in Oklahoma against Britton. At trial, the evidence of Spike Gannon’s extrinsic fraud was not admitted because the Oklahoma state court held that the full faith and credit clause precluded it from considering the validity of Britton’s defense. As a result, the court entered judgment in favor of Mark Gannon. Britton appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in refusing to allow him to introduce evidence demonstrating that the Illinois judgment was not entitled to full faith and credit in Oklahoma because it was secured by extrinsic fraud.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision. To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Issue

The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question. To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Holding and Reasoning (Arnold, J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 129,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,000 briefs, keyed to 177 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.