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Sauer v. Rhoades

Supreme Court of Michigan
Feb 18, 1954
62 N.W.2d 634 (Mich. 1954)


Docket No. 69, Calendar No. 45,699.

Decided February 18, 1954.

Appeal from Oakland: Doty (Frank L.), J. Submitted January 14, 1954. (Docket No. 69, Calendar No. 45,699.) Decided February 18, 1954.

Assumpsit by Philip R. Sauer against Joseph J. Rhoades for breach of contract to purchase tavern and restaurant business. Consent judgment for plaintiff. Defendant appeals. Affirmed.

Sauer Girard, for plaintiff.

Hollis C. Martin, for defendant.

Defendant appeals from a consent judgment entered against him. The issues raised by the statement, in his brief, of questions involved are: (1) error in receiving opinion testimony of witnesses whose competency therefor defendant now alleges was not shown: (2) the sales agreement upon which suit was brought, having been drafted by plaintiff's attorney, should have been construed in defendant's favor: (3) judgment for plaintiff was in error in view of the affirmative defense that the agreement sued on was induced by misrepresentations concerning a lease.

(1) On trial defendant raised no objection to the competency of the witnesses, but only to the materiality of their testimony, which clearly was material. The objection comes too late now. (2) It nowhere appears that the trial court was called upon to construe the agreement (nor need we on appeal), nor that a judgment for plaintiff must depend on a construction thereof contrary to any claimed by defendant. (3) Defendant's answer to plaintiff's declaration failed to raise the issue of misrepresentations concerning a lease (as to which testimony was, accordingly, excluded), but raised it only concerning the earnings of the business in question, as to which the statement of questions involved raises no issue here and the record fails to disclose an affirmative showing below.

For the reasons noted, the appeal is without merit. No claim is made that defendant's consent to entering judgment was not voluntarily given or that it resulted from mistake, fraud or misrepresentation. For cases in which we have held that a party may not attack or appeal from a decree entered with his consent, see Cameron v. Smith, 171 Mich. 333, and cases therein cited, and, in similar vein, Burk v. Amos, 262 Mich. 332; and Westgate v. Adams, 293 Mich. 559. No valid reason appears for a different rule in the case of consent judgments at law. For instances of recognition by this Court that "a judgment by consent cannot ordinarily be set aside or vacated by the court without the consent of the parties thereto, since it is not the judgment of the court but the judgment of the parties", see In re Estate of Meredith (syllabus), 275 Mich. 278 (104 ALR 348), and Douzeff v. Soneff, 330 Mich. 295, 301.

"As a general rule a judgment entered by consent may not be complained of on appeal by the parties to it, and an appeal therefrom will be dismissed on motion." Coolsact v. Veblen, 55 S.D. 485 ( 226 N.W. 726; syllabus 67 ALR 1499).

"In the absence of statute, a judgment or decree entered by the consent of the parties cannot be reviewed by appeal or by error proceedings." 2 Am Jur, Appeal and Error § 31.

Affirmed, with costs to plaintiff.


Summaries of

Sauer v. Rhoades

Supreme Court of Michigan
Feb 18, 1954
62 N.W.2d 634 (Mich. 1954)
Case details for

Sauer v. Rhoades

Case Details

Full title:SAUER v. RHOADES

Court:Supreme Court of Michigan

Date published: Feb 18, 1954


62 N.W.2d 634 (Mich. 1954)
62 N.W.2d 634

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