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Spooner v. Reserve Life Insurance Co.

Supreme Court of Washington
287 P.2d 735 (1955)


Facts

Reserve Life Insurance Co. (defendant) issued a bulletin to its insurance agents regarding bonuses. The bulletin contained language stating that rewarding the bonus would be voluntary and that Reserve may withhold, decrease, or discontinue it without notice, among other things. Spooner (plaintiff) and other insurance agents brought suit to enforce the promise of a bonus in the bulletin. The trial court held in favor of Spooner and the other agents.

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