Stanard v. Bolin
Washington Supreme Court
565 P.2d 94 (1977)
Raymond Bolin (defendant) promised to marry L. L. Stanard (plaintiff). Due to Bolin’s immense wealth, Bolin promised to take care of Stanard’s mother and son. Stanard prepared to sell her house, sold her furniture, and made substantial financial arrangements to prepare for the wedding. After Bolin told Stanard he was not going to marry her, Stanard’s health declined, and she was humiliated by having to tell her friends and family that she was no longer getting married. Stanard sued Bolin to recover the costs of having to cancel the wedding, for her mental anguish, and for her loss of expected financial security. The trial court dismissed the case, holding that a cause of action for breach of the promise to marry was against public policy. Stanard appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hamilton, J.)
Dissent (Utter, J.)
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