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Knell v. Feltman

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
174 F.2d 662 (D.C. Cir. 1949)


Facts

Evelyn Langland was riding in a car owned and driven by Kenneth Knell (defendant). The car crashed into a cab owned by Ralph Feltman (plaintiff) and driven by Feltman’s employee, injuring Langland. Langland filed suit against Feltman for negligence. Feltman filed a third party suit against Knell for his negligence. The jury found both Feltman’s employee and Knell to be negligent. The jury awarded judgment to Langland against Feltman in the amount of $11,500 and, subsequently, judgment to Feltman against Knell in the amount of $5,750. Knell appealed on the grounds that Langland never named him as a defendant in the original suit so he should not be responsible for contribution.

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