Harrington v. Taylor
|Harrington v. Taylor|
|Court||North Carolina Supreme Court|
|Citation||36 S.E.2d. 227 (1945); 40 S.E.2d 367 (1946)|
|Date decided||November 1, 1946|
An abused wife swings an axe at her husband. When her friend intervenes to stop the violence, the friend's hand gets chopped.
- Taylor = defendant = husband
- Ms. Harrington = plaintiff = friend = savior
- After the life-threatening dust-up, Taylor orally promised to pay damages to the injured Harrington. So, he paid her a paltry sum but nothing more despite the oral promise.
Harrington sued to claim the full damages promised to her by Taylor (violent husband).Harrington lost because the trial court stated that she hadn't stated a cause of action.
According to the North Carolina court in 1946, a voluntary humanitarian act doesn't constitute sufficient consideration to support a contract.Be advised that other courts have issued opinions at odds with this holding; for instance, see Webb v. McGowin, 1935 ; however, Mills v. Wyman, 1825 yielded harsh results for the benefactor.