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McAvoy v. Medina

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
93 Mass. (11 Allen) 548 (1866)


Facts

While getting a haircut at a barber shop owned by Medina (defendant), McAvoy (plaintiff) found a pocketbook on the table and showed it to Medina. The pocketbook had been placed on the table by a customer and accidentally left on the table. McAvoy left the pocketbook with Medina so that efforts could be made to see if the owner would claim it. After no owner came forward, McAvoy demanded that Medina give the money to him, as the finder of the pocketbook, and Medina refused. McAvoy then sued to recover the money that he found in the pocketbook. The trial court entered judgment in favor of Medina, and McAvoy appealed.

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