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Salsbury v. Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.

Iowa Supreme Court
221 N.W.2d 609 (1974)


Facts

In the process of establishing Charles City College, John Salsbury (plaintiff) commenced a fundraising campaign. Northwestern Bell Telephone Company (Northwestern Bell) (defendant) was solicited and agreed, by letter, to contribute $15,000 over three years. The letter did not set forth any qualifications or conditions to the subscription. Northwestern Bell either failed to make payment or otherwise indicated that it would not abide by its promise. Salsbury sued. The lower court ruled in Salsbury’s favor and Northwestern Bell appealed.

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