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Tuttle v. Buck

Minnesota Supreme Court
119 N.W. 946 (1909)


Facts

Tuttle (plaintiff) owned and operated a financially successful and respected barber shop. However, for about a year, Buck (defendant), a wealthy and influential banker, set up a barber shop for the sole purpose of drawing customers away from Tuttle’s shop in an effort to put Tuttle out of business. Consequently, Tuttle’s business greatly suffered. Tuttle brought suit against Buck alleging that Buck’s actions were not for the purpose of serving any legitimate business interest of his own, but rather for the sole purpose of injuring Tuttle. The trial court denied Buck’s motion to demurrer as to the complaint and Buck appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Elliott, J.)

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