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Moore v. Elmer

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
61 N.E. 259 (1901)


Facts

Moore (plaintiff), a psychic, predicted that Elmer (defendant) would die before the year 1900. Elmer entered into an agreement and provided a note whereby he promised to pay Moore the balance of her mortgage note if her prediction came true. Elmer died before 1900. Moore sued for enforcement of the agreement.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Holmes, C.J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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