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2. Where a person has entered into two independent contrac ts with different persons, each valid and enforceable, equity will not him to violate provisions of one of the contracts to the injury other party thereto for the purpose of affording relief under the other contract.
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On appeal from an order advised by Vice-Chancellor Leaming, whose opinion is reported in 75 N. J. Eq. (5 Buch.) 421.
Messrs. Riker & Riker, for the appellant.
Jr. Franklin W. Fort, for the respondents.
The opinion of the court was delivered by
This is an appeal from an order in chancery sustaining murer to a bill of complaint. The bill is based upon an agreement made between the complainant on the one part, and the defendant and one Demetrio Loprete on the other, in June, 1903, by which it was provided that if either or any of the parties should at any time before August 1st, 1906, be awarded by the city of East Orange a contract for the removal and posal of garbage within the limits of that city, the successful party would admit the others to a full one-third share of the profits of such contract; and, further, that “the partnership thereby constituted would purchase from Michael Loprete, and that he would sell to the partnership, any or all stock, horses, wagons, or other property owned by him which might be necessary for the purpose of performing the municipal contract, property to be purchased at a fair price to be determined upon by the parties, or, in the event of a disagreement between them, at a price fixed by appraisers. The bill alleges that the defend ant, Michael Loprete, in June, 1906, was awarded a five-year contract by the city of East Orange, by the terms of which, for the sum of $67,000, he was required to collect and remove ashes, garbage and other refuse matter which should be veniently placed for removal in receptacles in front of any building or premises on any and all of the streets or other public
highways of that city. It is then alleged in the bill that the defendant Michael Loprete, after obtaining this contract with the city, refused to sell his stock, horses and wagons to the partnership, in accordance with his agreement with the complainant and Demetrio Loprete, and refused to admit them to a share of the profits made by him under the contract with the city. The bill then prays that an account may be taken of the profits received by the defendant Michael Loprete, and that the portion thereof to which the complainant is entitled may be determined; that the defendant may be compelled to exhibit to the complainant all his books of account, checks and other papers, showing his dealings and transactions under the East Orange contract, and that a receiver be appointed to receive, hold and distribute the profits arising from the business. A copy of the contract with the municipality is annexed to the bill and made a part thereof by proper recitals.
We concur in the conclusion reached by the learned vicechancellor that the demurrer to the bill should be sustained. We prefer, however, to rest our judgment upon a ground not adverted to in the opinion delivered by him, although, by so doing, we are not to be understood as dissenting from the views therein expressed.
The contract between the defendant and the city of East Orange contains, among others, the following provision :
“No transfer or assignment of this contract, or any part thereof, or of any money due to grow due thereon, shall be made, without the consent of the city council of East Orange first obtained and expressed by resolution of the said city council; and should any such transfer or assignment be made the city council of East Orange shall have the right at its option, by resolution, to terminate this contract.”
One of the purposes of this provision is, manifestly, to prevent a collusive arrangement between parties who might otherwise be bidders on the contract, by which the city would be deprived of the benefit of competition between them, and one of their number enabled (perhaps) to obtain an award of the contract at an exorbitant figure. The importance of such provisions in municipal contracts is great; they are absolutely necessary for the protection of municipalities against extortion. The effect of
granting to the complainant the relief sought by his bill would be to deprive the city of East Orange of the benefit of this provision of its contract, for it is not suggested in the bill that it has consented to any transfer or assignment by Michael Loprete to the complainant of any interest in the contract, or of any money due or to grow due under it. It may be thought that the city received all the benefit which could come to it from the provision when the bidding on the contract was closed, and the contract itself was awarded, and that, therefore, it cannot be harmed by enforcing the rights of the complainant against the de fendant under the agreement between them; but a moment's sideration will show that this is not so, for the provision would be no protection at all to the city if it could be violated as as the contract was signed. It is its enforcement which to discourage collusion among probable bidders, and prevents extortionate contracts from being forced upon the municipality
. Where a person has entered into two independent con tracts with different parties, each equally valid and enforceable against him, a court of equity will never compel him to violate material provisions of one of them, to the injury of the other party thereto, for the purpose of affording relief under the other. This being the situation disclosed upon the face of the present bill, it is clearly demurrable for want of equity.
The order appealed from will be affirmed.
For affirmance-THE CHIEF-JUSTICE, GARRISON, SWAZE, TRENCHARD, PARKER, BERGEN, VOORHEES, MINTURN, BOGERT, VREDENBURGIT, V'Room, GRAY, DUL, CONGDON-14.
For reversal- Vone.
Faulkner v. Wassmer.
KATE FAULKNER, respondent,
JOHN WASSMER et al., appellants.
[Submitted April 5th, 1910. Decided July 8th, 1910.]
1. A purchaser who has a right to elect whether or not he will rescind a sale because of material misrepresentations must exercise such right with reasonable promptness, otherwise his delay in so doing will afford plenary proof of an election not to rescind which is final. The delay to which this probative force is given is that which arises from the vendee's failure to rescind during the period of time within which one would naturally act who knew that to act effectively he must act promptly.
2. The distinction pointed out between the rescission of a contract and an action for deceit in respect to the compensation recoverable.
On appeal from a decree of the court of chancery advised by Vice-Chancellor Howell, whose opinion is as follows:
“HOWELL, V. C. (orally).
“This bill is filed by Mrs. Faulkner, the wife of Alfred Faulkner, against John Wassmer and Henry M. Radcliffe for the purpose of rescinding a deed of conveyance of lands on Smith street in the village of Irvington. The deed was dated on the 1st day of July, 1908; was acknowledged on the 9th day of July, 1908, and was recorded on the same day. It conveys to Mrs. Faulkner a lot of land on Smith street subject to certain restrictions which are fully set out in the deed and are fully copied in the bill of complaint. The evidence shows that Mr. Faulkner first saw the land in question about the 4th day of May, 1908, and that within a day or two after that he saw Mr. States, who is a real estate agent, and who was specially authorized by Mr. Wassmer and Mr. Radcliffe to make sales of the lands in question. The bill charges that Mr. Wassmer and Mr. Radcliffe were partners in this enterprise, although the lands which they were disposing of were held in severalty by them.
Faulkner v. Wassmer.
Mr. Faulkner had notice that the lands were restricted. He sa v a large sign on one of the lots near the corner of Smitha street and Clinton avenue which contained the information that the land in that neighborhood was restricted land. In order to ascertain what the restrictions were he went to see Mr.
States, who showed him a typewritten copy of the restrictions and stated to him that the land in that neighborhood was res tricted in that manner, and Mr. Faulkner says in addition to that that Mr. States told him that the restrictions were matters of record. Some days after that, one evening while Mr. and Mrs. Fa ulkner and their daughter were examining the premises, Mr. Wassmer appeared and there was still further conversation about tlle restrictions; and on those occasions, one or more of them, extent of the tract of land owned by them and so restricted was talked about and the extent and area of the restrictions discussed. The evidence indicates to my mind that probably Mr. Wassmer and Mr. Radcliffe intended to restrict the whole tract by a general scheme which was embodied in the typewritten statement that they gave to Mr. States to show to intending purchasers. Now that was the situation at the time that Mr. Faulkner paid the first twenty-five dollars; that I think was on the 5th day of May, 1908, and Mr. Faulkner is chargeable with notice of restrictions of some sort or other by the receipt which he took at that time, because that states that the conveyance to be made subject to restríctions, a copy of which had been previously shown to him by Mr. States in his conversation with Mr. States; but I think on the whole that Mr. Faulkner acting on behalf of his wife, and Mrs. Faulkner acting on her own behalf, were justified in believing that the tract of land which pointed out to them by Wassmer and by States as the tract of land that was owned by Wassmer and Radcliffe was restricted throughout in accordance with the restrictions that were shown to them by Mr. States. They were under no obligation (as con tended by the complainant) to go to the public records to find out whether the restrictions were on record. They had the right to rely on the statements made to them by Mr. States owner of the property.