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Sinnar v. Le Roy

Supreme Court of Washington, Department 2
270 P.2d 800 (1954)


Sinnar (plaintiff) owned a grocery store. Sinnar applied for a beer license from the State of Washington, but was denied. Le Roy (defendant) is a friend of Sinnar and also works at Boeing Airplane Company. Le Roy and Sinnar discussed Sinnar’s denied beer license, and Le Roy allegedly said he knew a “Mr. Lewis” who worked for the city and could help Sinnar acquire a beer license. Le Roy told Sinnar that the license would cost him $450.00. Sinnar allegedly warned Le Roy multiple times to careful to whom he gave the money. Le Roy allegedly guaranteed Sinnar that he would either procure the beer license or return the $450.00. Le Roy then allegedly gave the money to Mr. Lewis, but was unable to procure a beer license for Sinnar. Le Roy did not return the money to Sinnar. Sinnar brought suit in Washington state court against Le Roy, seeing to enforce the agreement Le Roy made to either obtain a beer license for Sinnar or return Sinnar’s $450.00. The trial court held for Sinnar, and LeRoy appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Weaver, J.)

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