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City and County of San Francisco v. Staude

Supreme Court of California
Dec 30, 1891
92 Cal. 560 (Cal. 1891)


         Department One

         Hearing In Bank Denied.

         Appeal from a judgment of the Superior Court of the city and county of San Francisco.


          Carroll Cook, and J. E. Foulds, for Appellants.

          Frank J. Fallon, and Curtis H. Lindley, for Respondent.

         JUDGES: Fitzgerald, C. Foote, C., and Belcher, C., concurred.


          FITZGERALD, Judge

This action is brought by plaintiff against the defendants as sureties on a forfeited undertaking of bail. The answer contains no denial of any of the material allegations of the complaint, but sets up two so-called separate defenses, which are, in substance, as follows:

         " 1. That the woman whose release was procured by the execution of the undertaking herein was, previous thereto, tried by a jury for the crime of grand larceny, and they, having failed to agree upon a verdict, were discharged from the further consideration of the case; that by reason of such disagreement and the insufficiency of the evidence adduced at the trial, all apprehension or fear on the part of defendants that she would be convicted upon another trial of the case were entirely removed, in consequence of which, and without any knowledge on their part of the pendency of any other charge against her, and having been led by the acts of plaintiff, its officers and agents, to believe there was none, they executed the undertaking herein; that there was, at the time of the execution of said undertaking, another charge pending against her in the police court of San Francisco for larceny, which fact, though well known to plaintiff and its officers, was suppressed and concealed by them from the knowledge of defendants, and that they allowed her to be released and discharged from custody on said charge without requiring bail for her appearance; that upon said last-mentioned charge the proofs against said Fanny Lyle were strong, and the presumption of guilt great, and she, the said Fanny Lyle, as defendants are informed and believe, feared conviction upon trial thereof, and that, by reason of such fear, and not in fear of the charge in the complaint herein mentioned, she, the said Fanny Lyle, departed from the state of California before the date of the alleged forfeiture of the bail bond mentioned in the complaint herein."

         The second so-called separate defense avers generally, upon information and belief, that the attorney herein had no authority to bring this action, and that his appearance as such attorney was unauthorized by the plaintiff.

         Upon the filing of this answer, plaintiff moved the court for judgment upon the pl eadings on the usual grounds. The motion was [28 P. 779] granted, and the defendants excepted.

         The defendants then moved for and obtained leave to amend their answer, "if they were so advised," within ten days, but they afterwards declined to do so, and judgment was thereupon given in favor of the plaintiff. The case comes here by appeal upon the judgment roll alone.

         Section 462 of the Code of Civil Procedure provides that "every material allegation of the complaint not controverted by the answer must, for the purposes of the action, be taken as true."

         As the complaint herein is sufficient in all respects, and the answer does not deny any of the material allegations thereof, and further fails to present anything by way of new matter to bar or defeat the action, it follows that the motion for judgment on the pleadings was properly granted by the court. (Felch v. Beaudry , 40 Cal. 439; Hemme v. Hays , 55 Cal. 337; Loveland v. Garner , 74 Cal. 298.)

         We recommend that the judgment be affirmed.

         The Court. -- For the reasons given in the foregoing opinion, the judgment is affirmed.

Summaries of

City and County of San Francisco v. Staude

Supreme Court of California
Dec 30, 1891
92 Cal. 560 (Cal. 1891)
Case details for

City and County of San Francisco v. Staude

Case Details


Court:Supreme Court of California

Date published: Dec 30, 1891


92 Cal. 560 (Cal. 1891)
28 P. 778

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