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Metzger v. Miller

United States District Court for the Northern District of California
291 F. 780 (1923)


In 1914, the sister of Karoline Schwab passed away, bequeathing to her property in Sacramento, as well as money from her estate. Karoline was a German citizen, residing in Germany at the time of her sister’s death. Upon inheriting this property, Karoline wrote several letters to her son Metzger (plaintiff), who was living in the United States and is a naturalized citizen. These letters stated that the property she inherited was to be given to him, and that the only part of the inheritance she wanted was the money left by her sister’s estate. In 1917, Miller (defendant) seized the property in question under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Metzger brought suit, claiming that the property had already been conveyed to him and could not be seized because he was a naturalized citizen.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Van Fleet, J.)

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