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Keller v. Holderman
Michigan Supreme Court
11 Mich. 248 (1863)
Keller (defendant) wrote Holderman (plaintiff) a check for $300 for a watch that was worth about $15. Keller had no money in his account, and his bank refused to honor the check. Keller, however, kept the watch. Holderman sued Keller, alleging breach of contract. The trial court found that both parties intended the transaction to be a joke, but held that the conduct nevertheless formed a contract. The court thus ruled in favor of Holderman, requiring Keller to pay the $300. Keller appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Martin, C.J.)
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