Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Methodist Mission Home of Texas v. N__ A__ B__ case brief

Methodist Mission Home of Texas v. N__ A__ B__ case brief summary
451 S.W.2d 539 (1970)


CASE SYNOPSIS
Defendant appealed from a judgment of the trial court, Bexar County (Texas), declaring that certain instruments executed by plaintiff, surrendering parental custody and control of her infant illegitimate child to, and permitting placement of the child for adoption by, defendant were void.

CASE FACTS
Defendant, a licensed adoption agency, appealed from a judgment declaring that certain instruments executed by plaintiff, surrendering parental custody and control of her infant illegitimate child to, and permitting placement of the child for adoption by, defendant were void. The jury found that the execution of the instruments by plaintiff was the result of undue influence exerted on her by defendant's agents and employees.

DISCUSSION

  • Viewing the totality of the situation, the court stated that it could not say that the jury acted unreasonably in concluding that the influence exerted on plaintiff was such as to constrain her to execute a consent which she would not otherwise have executed. 
  • The finding did not shock the conscience, it was not clearly unjust, nor biased.
CONCLUSION
The judgment was affirmed because the execution by plaintiff of instruments surrendering parental custody and control of her infant child to defendant adoption was void, because their execution was the result of undue influence by defendant's agents and employees.

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