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Johnson v. Otterbein University

Supreme Court of Ohio
41 Ohio 527 (1885)


Facts

Johnson (plaintiff) provided to Otterbein University (Otterbein) (defendant) a note promising to pay a sum of money for the sole purpose of allowing Otterbein to pay its debt. Johnson did not pay the note. Otterbein brought suit in the court of common pleas. Judgment was entered for Otterbein. Johnson moved for a new trial, but was overruled. Johnson appealed to the district court, which affirmed the court of common pleas. Johnson appealed.

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Martin, J.)

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  • 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.).

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