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Portland Section of the Council of Jewish Women v. Sisters of Charity of Providence in Oregon
Oregon Supreme Court
513 P.2d 1183 (1973)
In 1927, the Portland Section of the Council of Jewish Women (council) (plaintiff) contracted to endow a hospital operated by the Sisters of Charity of Providence in Oregon (sisters) (defendant) for $5,000 in return for the hospital’s perpetually making available one hospital bed for the care of a Jewish patient selected by the council. Both parties were nonprofit charities. Both parties performed under the contract until inflation and advances in medicine and hospital care drove the costs of hospital care so high that the council’s endowment no longer came close to covering the costs of providing the bed. When the sisters repudiated the contract, the council sued for specific performance. The sisters appealed the trial court’s ruling in favor of the council to the Oregon Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Holman, J.)
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