Friday, December 6, 2013

Fauntleroy v. Lum case brief

Fauntleroy v. Lum case brief summary
210 U.S. 230 (1908)


CASE SYNOPSIS
Plaintiff appealed the decision of the Supreme Court of the State of Mississippi that ruled that Mississippi courts were not required under U.S. Constitutional art. IV, § 1 to give full faith and credit to a judgment plaintiff obtained against defendant in Missouri because the action was unenforceable in Mississippi.

CASE FACTS
Plaintiff appealed the Mississippi Supreme Court's ruling that Mississippi courts were not required under U.S. Constitutional art. IV, § 1 to give full faith and credit to a judgment plaintiff obtained against defendant in Missouri. Plaintiff and defendant, Mississippi citizens, entered into an illegal contract under Mississippi law. Plaintiff then obtained an arbitration award against defendant in Mississippi pursuant to their contract, but sought to enforce the award in Missouri where defendant was temporarily located and served. After the Missouri court entered judgment in plaintiff's favor, based on the Mississippi arbitration award, plaintiff's assignee returned to Mississippi to enforce the Missouri judgment.

DISCUSSION

  • The Supreme Court reversed, holding that U.S. Constitutional art. IV, § 1 obligated the Mississippi courts to enforce the Missouri judgment even if the Missouri judgment was based on a misapprehension of Mississippi law where there was no question the Missouri court had jurisdiction when it rendered judgment.

CONCLUSION
The Supreme Court reversed because the Mississippi courts were obligated to enforce the Missouri judgment even if the Missouri judgment was based on a misapprehension of Mississippi law where there was no question the Missouri court had jurisdiction when it rendered judgment.

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