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Ryder v. Jefferson Hotel Co.

South Carolina Supreme Court
113 S.E. 474 (S.C. 1922)


Charles and Edith Ryder (plaintiffs), husband and wife, were staying at a hotel owned by Jefferson Hotel Company (Jefferson) (defendant). In the middle of the night, a servant employed by Jefferson woke the Ryders up and insulted the couple. Specifically, the servant alleged that the Ryders were not actually husband and wife. As a result of this, the Ryders had to find a new place to stay in the middle of the night, allegedly at great expense to their credit, reputations, and business. The Ryders jointly brought a tort claim against Jefferson. Jefferson demurred to the complaint on the grounds that Charles and Edith Ryder had separate causes of action and their claims should not be joined. The circuit court overruled the demurrer. Jefferson appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Marion, J.)

Dissent (Fraser, J.)

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