Spilker v. Hankin
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
188 F.2d 35 (1951)
Hankin (plaintiff) represented Spilker (defendant) in a prior action. In payment for his legal services, Hankin received seven notes from Spilker. The first was a demand note for $500, and the other six, each for $250, became due at three-month intervals. Spilker paid the $500 demand note, but failed to pay the second note when it became due. As a result, Hankin sued Spilker for the amount due on the note in the Municipal Court for the District of Columbia. Spilker filed a counterclaim seeking a determination that the $500 she had already paid on the demand note was full payment for Hankin’s services. Hankin prevailed against Spilker’s counterclaim and the court entered judgment in favor of Hankin. Subsequently, Hankin brought this action against Spilker in the Municipal Court for the District of Columbia on the five remaining notes after they became due. Spilker again argued that she had already paid Hankin the full value of his services. Hankin moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the prior judgment precluded Spilker’s defense in this subsequent action. The judge denied Hankin’s motion. After a jury trial, judgment was entered in Spilker’s favor. The Municipal Court of Appeals reversed and ordered judgment for Hankin. Spilker appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Washington, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 166,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.