McAvoy v. Medina
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
93 Mass. (11 Allen) 548 (1866)
The plaintiff, while getting a haircut at defendant’s barber shop, found a pocketbook on the table and showed it to the defendant. The plaintiff left the pocketbook with defendant so that efforts could be made to see if the owner would claim it. After no owner came forward, the plaintiff demanded that the defendant give the money to him, as the finder of the pocketbook, and the defendant refused. The plaintiff then sued to recover the money that he found in the pocketbook. The trial court entered judgment in favor of the barber shop owner, and the plaintiff appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Dewey, J.)
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