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Joslin v. Continental Com. Nat. Bank

Supreme Court of Iowa
Oct 27, 1931
238 N.W. 715 (Iowa 1931)


No. 40778.

October 27, 1931.

APPEAL AND ERROR: Decisions Reviewable — Order Striking Portion 1 of Answer. An order striking part of an answer is not appealable when defendant fails to stand upon his pleading or to allow final judgment to be entered against him. In other words, he may not maintain an appeal and at the same time maintain his right in the trial court to amend.

APPEAL AND ERROR: Dismissal — Nonappealable Order — Dismissal

Sua Sponte. sua sponte,

Appeal from Jones District Court. — JOHN T. MOFFIT, Judge.

Plaintiff, the purchaser of a draft drawn by defendant Niles Watters Savings Bank on the defendant Continental Commercial National Bank, sued to recover the amount of the draft as having been paid upon the forged endorsement of the payee. Only the Niles Watters Savings Bank was served or appears. The court struck out parts of its answer and it appeals. — Dismissed.

James E. Remley and Wright Frazier, for appellant.

Clifford B. Paul, for appellee.

[1] The answer in a single division pleaded matters which both parties construe to be an attempt to set up payment and estoppel. Plaintiff moved to strike portions of this answer. After the filing of motion to strike Niles Watters Savings Bank amended setting up largely in different form the same matters. Plaintiff moved to strike from this amendment and also to strike the amendment as a whole. The first motion was largely sustained. No ruling was made upon the second. The record does not show that defendant either stood upon its answer or suffered judgment. Ordinarily an appeal will not lie from a ruling on motion to strike unless appellant has elected to stand upon his pleading or motion. In re Estate of Delaney, 207 Iowa 451; First Title Securities Co. v. United States Gypsum Co., 211 Iowa 1019; Hawthorne v. Andrew, 208 Iowa 1364; Morrison v. Carroll Clinic, 204 Iowa 54.

[2] On the record before us the defendant remains at perfect liberty to amend its answer and to proceed with its defense in the trial court. The cause is still there for all the purposes of its attempted defense. Any ruling that this Court might make would be academic and advisory. On the record presented here (there being no election to stand and no final judgment) the appeal attempted to be taken could be only from an order which this Court has no jurisdiction to review. Section 4139, Code Supplement, 1913, Forty-second G.A., Chapter 232, Code, 1927, Section 12885, has no application. In such circumstances though the opposing party fails to move for dismissal this Court will dismiss of its own motion. Baker v. American Railway Express Co., 207 Iowa 1350; Barber v. Shattuck , 207 Iowa 842; Porterfield v. Grand Lodge, 212 Iowa 1181. — Dismissed.


Summaries of

Joslin v. Continental Com. Nat. Bank

Supreme Court of Iowa
Oct 27, 1931
238 N.W. 715 (Iowa 1931)
Case details for

Joslin v. Continental Com. Nat. Bank

Case Details


Court:Supreme Court of Iowa

Date published: Oct 27, 1931


238 N.W. 715 (Iowa 1931)
238 N.W. 715

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