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Warner v. Jeter

Court of Appeals of Georgia
Jan 6, 1967
153 S.E.2d 626 (Ga. Ct. App. 1967)





Action on debt. Fulton Civil Court. Before Judge Camp.

Isabel Gates Webster, James W. Hawkins, for appellant.

Lipshutz, Macey, Zusmann Sikes, Robert J. Castellani, for appellee.

The amended petition alleges that on June 25, 1959, defendant received from the plaintiff $2,500 for the use of defendant at his request; that defendant agreed to pay plaintiff within a period of six months from the date of June 25, 1959; that defendant stated he desired plaintiff to go in with him for the purchase of certain realty; that unknown to plaintiff, the defendant had previously purchased the realty on June 19, 1959; that relying on the representations that the money was to be used for the purchase of the realty, petitioner gave to defendant the sum of $2,500; that on May 10, 1960, defendant conveyed the property to another, but did not tell plaintiff the sale had been consummated nor did the defendant on demand repay the plaintiff the money owed. Held:

Liabilities of a bankrupt representing money or property obtained "by false pretenses or false representations" are not released by a discharge in bankruptcy. 11 U.S.C.A. § 35 (a) (2). However, a petition alleging an excluded debt and seeking to recover the debt must assert a valid cause of action based on the fraud in order to show that the debt was not released by the discharge. The petition here is defective under Georgia law since it merely implies false promises on the part of the defendant to sell certain realty in the future and to repay the debt from the proceeds of the future sale. Fraud cannot be predicated upon statements which are promissory in their nature as to future acts. Jackson v. Brown, 209 Ga. 78 ( 70 S.E.2d 756); Musgrove v. Musgrove, 213 Ga. 610 ( 100 S.E.2d 577); Beach v. Fleming, 214 Ga. 303 ( 104 S.E.2d 427); Shafer v. Carson, 33 Ga. App. 418 ( 126 S.E. 735); Stephens v. Milikin, 35 Ga. App. 287 ( 133 S.E. 67); Crozier v. Provident Life c. Ins. Co., 53 Ga. App. 572 ( 186 S.E. 719).

The trial court's judgment sustaining the defendant's general demurrer and dismissing the plaintiff's petition is affirmed. Jordan and Eberhardt, JJ., concur.


Summaries of

Warner v. Jeter

Court of Appeals of Georgia
Jan 6, 1967
153 S.E.2d 626 (Ga. Ct. App. 1967)
Case details for

Warner v. Jeter

Case Details

Full title:WARNER v. JETER

Court:Court of Appeals of Georgia

Date published: Jan 6, 1967


153 S.E.2d 626 (Ga. Ct. App. 1967)
153 S.E.2d 626

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