Hancock Oil Co. v. Independent Distributing Co.
Supreme Court of California
150 P.2d 463 (Cal. 1944)
In 1936, Hancock Oil Co. and R.R. Bush Oil Co. (plaintiffs) leased property from W.L. Hopkins and Gertrude Hopkins (defendants). Landowner’s royalties of $1,500 accrued on the land. Independent Distributing Co. (Independent) (defendant) brought a suit in 1941, claiming that the Hopkinses held the property in trust for Independent; Independent thus sought the landowner’s royalties. The plaintiffs, as lessees, brought suit seeking to interplead the Hopkinses and Independent in order to determine who was the true owner of the land, and, as such, owed the rent. The district court sustained the defendants’ demurrers to the interpleader. The plaintiffs appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Edmonds, J.)