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Loring v. City of Boston

Massachusetts Supreme Court
48 Mass. 409 (1844)


Facts

On May 27, 1837, the City of Boston (city) (defendant) advertised a $1,000 reward for anyone that caught and convicted a person setting fire to a building within the city. The reward was in response to a number of fires that had recently been set in the city. The ad ran in the papers for a week. In January of 1841, Loring (plaintiff) apprehended a man suspected of starting a fire. The man was convicted in March of 1841. Following the conviction, Loring sued the city seeking the $1,000 reward. The city argued that the offer was made in an emergency situation almost four years prior to Loring’s performance of its terms and should not be considered a continuing offer.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Shaw, C.J.)

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