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Sharpe Furniture, Inc. v. Buckstaff

Supreme Court of Wisconsin
299 N.W.2d 219 (Wis. 1980)


Sharpe Furniture, Inc. (Sharpe) (plaintiff) filed suit against Karen Buckstaff and her husband John Buckstaff (defendants), seeking compensation for a sofa that Karen had purchased from Sharpe on credit but for which Karen and John had failed to make any payment. The Buckstaffs were a well-known and financially well-off family in the community. John had previously written to the local credit-bureau service, stating that John would not be responsible for any credit extended to Karen. Nevertheless, John did not oppose the purchase of the sofa after the sofa was delivered to the home. Following a bench trial, the trial court found that Karen was liable for the purchase of the sofa and that John was also liable under the common-law doctrine of necessaries. The Buckstaffs appealed. The court of appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court of Wisconsin granted certiorari to review.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Beilfuss, C.J.)

Concurrence (Abrahamson, J.)

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