« السابقةمتابعة »
charge to the date when the case was tried in circuit court. The trial court held that the case must be determined as it existed in justice's court, and no damages could be recovered beyond that time, to which ruling plaintiff's counsel excepted.
The assignments of error are discussed by counsel under two heads :
“First. The court erred in holding that plaintiff could not recover. damages for the whole contract period, but that she was limited in her recovery to such damages as had accrued at the time of the trial in justice's court.
“Second. The court erred in not allowing plaintiff to recover such damages as had accrued up to the time of the trial in circuit court.
Before proceeding to discuss the two heads presented by counsel for appellants, some attention must be given to the contention of counsel for defendant. It is claimed the verdict was a consent verdict and not appealable. We do not so understand the record. The plaintiff claimed the right to prove her damages in full, but the court ruled she could not make proof of damages later than the date of trial in justice's court. Exception was duly taken and the action of the court is reviewable.
It is claimed the special count is not for a breach of the contract, but is an action on the contract to recover plaintiff's wages. We do not agree with this contention. The special count set out the contract and its breach. A bill of particulars was filed, one item of which reads: “To damage by breach of contract being what plaintiff and daughter would have earned if allowed to complete contract, one hundred and fortyfour dollars.''
Under her plea, defendant gave notice of justification for the discharge of plaintiff and her daughter. The defendant was not misled: See Costello v. Ten Eyck, 86 Mich. 348, 24 Am. St. Rep. 128, 49 N. W. 152.
We now come to the important question, and that is, 701 Was the trial court right in relation to the measure of damages? An examination of the authorities will show that there is a hopeless conflict in them. The precise question is a new one in this state. This court has held that, in case of a contract for life, or during one's ability and disposition to perform the duties of his position, prospective damages are recoverable in an action for its breach, and that the plaintiff is entitled to recover such a sum as represents fairly and reasonably the extent of his loss, the measure of damages being the present value of the contract: Brighton v. Lake Shore & M. S. Ry. Co., 103 Mich. 420, 61 N. W. 550, 112 Mich. 217, 70 N. W. 432; Stearns v. Lake Shore & M. S. Ry. Co., 112 Mich. 651, 71 N. W. 148.
In Cutter v. Gillette, 163 Mass. 95, 39 N. E. 1010, it was said: “The remaining question is whether the jury should have been allowed to assess damages for the period of time subsequent to the trial. The plaintiff was hired for five years from April 25, 1892, and was discharged about the middle of July, 1892. He brought suit on November 10, 1892, and the verdict was rendered on March 14, 1894. The verdict assessed at the sum of three thousand one hundred and eighty dollars and ninety-five cents the plaintiff's whole damages for breach of the contract for hiring, and stated that of the amount thirteen hundred and ninety-two dollars and ninetyfive cents was the damage to the time of trial. The defendant concedes that the plaintiff is entitled to recover damages for an entire breach, so far as such damages can be ascertained, but contends that, as the trial occurred before the expiration of the contract period, it was impossible for the jury to ascertain or assess the damage for the unexpired portion of the contract period subsequent to the time of trial. In support of this contention defendant cites the cases of Col. burn v. Woodworth, 31 Barb. (N. Y.) 381; Fowler v. Armour, 24 Ala. 194; Litchenstein v. Brooks, 75 Tex, 196, 12 S. W. 975, and Gordon v. Brewster, 7 Wis. 355, in which cases it seems to have been held that, if the suit is begun before the expiration of the contract period, damages can only be allowed to the time of the trial. He asserts that in the case of Howard v. Daly, 61 N. Y. 362, 19 Am. Rep. 285, in which full damages were given, the writ was brought after the expiration of the contract period. On the other hand, it has been held in Vermont that, if there has been such a breach as to authorize the plaintiff to treat it as entirely putting an end to the contract, he may recover damages for an 702 entire nonfulfillment, and is not limited to what he has actually sustained at the time of his bringing suit or the time of trial: Remelee v. Hall, 31 Vt. 582, 76 Am. Dec. 140. And in Maine, in an action for breach of a contract for hiring, brought before the expiration of the contract period, it was held that the just recompense for the actual injury sustained by the illegal discharge was the stipulated wages, less whatever sum the plaintiff actually earned, or might have earned by the use of reasonable diligence: Sutherland v. Wyer, 67 Me. 64.
Am. St. Rep., Vol. 125—28
“Such would seem to be the rule in Pennsylvania: See King v. Steiren, 44 Pa. 99, 84 Am. Dec. 419; Chamberlin v. Morgan, 68 Pa. 168. And the defendant concedes that such is the rule in England. We do not go into an exhaustive consideration of the decisions upon the question, as we consider it to have been settled in favor of the ruling given at the trial by our decisions: Dennis v. Maxfield, 10 Allen, 138; Blair v. Laflin, 127 Mass. 518; Jewett v. Brooks, 134 Mass. 505; Paige v. Barrett, 151 Mass. 67, 23 N. E. 725. See, also, Warner v. Bacon, 8 Gray, 397, 69 Am. Dec. 253; Amos v. Oakley, 131 Mass. 413; Parker v. Russell, 133 Mass. 74;
; Drummond v. Crane, 159 Mass. 577, 38 Am. St. Rep. 460, 23 L. R. A. 707. The plaintiff's cause of action accrued when he was wrongfully discharged. His suit is not for wages, but for damages for the breach of his contract by the defendant. For this breach he can have but one action. In estimating his damages the jury have the right to consider the wages which he would have earned under the contract, the probability whether his life and that of the defendant would continue to the end of the contract period, whether the plaintiff's working ability would continue, and any other uncertainties growing out of the terms of the contract, as well as the likelihood that the plaintiff would be able to earn money in other work during the time. But it is not the law that damages, which may be larger or smaller because of such uncertainties, are not recoverable. The same kind of difficulty is encountered in the assessment of damages for personal injuries. All the elements which bear upon the matters involved in the prognostication are to be considered by the jury, and from the evidence in each case they are to form an opinion upon which all can agree, and to which, unless it is set aside by the court, the parties must submit. The liability to have the damages which he inflicts by breaking his contract so assessed is one which 703 the defendant must be taken to have understood when he wrongfully discharged the plaintiff, and if he did not wish to be subjected to it he should have kept his agreement.”
To the same effect are the following cases : Blair v. Laflin, 127 Ma s. 518; Boland v. Glendale Quarry Co., 127 Mo. 520, 30 S. W. 151; Rhoades v. Chesapeake & 0. Ry. Co., 49 W. Va. 494, 87 Am. St. Rep. 826, 39 S. E. 209, 55 L. R. A. 170; Prichard v. Martin, 27 Miss. 305; Saxonia Mining etc. Co. v. Cook, 7 Colo. 569, 4 Pac. 1111; Hamilton v. Love, 152 Ind. 641, 71 Am. St. Rep. 384, 53 N E. 181, 54 N. E. 437; Forked Deer Pants Co. v. Shipley, 25 Ky. Law Rep. 2299, 80 S. W.
476; Moore v. Central Foundry Co., 68 N. J. L. 14, 52 Atl. 292; Pierce v. Tennessee C. I. etc. R. R. Co., 173 U. S. 1, 19 Sup. Ct. Rep. 335, 43 L. ed. 591; Dugan v. Anderson, 36 Md. 567, 11 Am. Rep. 509; Winkler v. Racine W. & Carriage Co., 99 Wis. 184, 74 N. W. 793; Remelee v. Hall, 31 Vt. 582, 76 Am. Dec. 140; Sutherland v. Wyer, 67 Me. 64.
The rule of damages stated in these cases is in harmony with the rule approved in Brighton v. Lake Shore & M. S. Ry. Co., 103 Mich. 420, 61 N. W. 550.
Judgment is reversed and new trial ordered.
Grant, C. J., and Blair, Montgomery, and Ostrander, JJ., concurred.
Damages for the Wrongful Discharge of an Employé are considered in the notes to McMullan v. Dickinson Co., 51 Am. St. Rep. 515; Decamp v. Hewitt, 43 Am. Dec. 205. The measure of damages for the wrongful discharge of an employé, before the expiration of the period of service stipulated for, is an amount equal to the stipulated wages for the whole period covered by the contract, less the sum earned, and which probably can, by reasonable diligence, be earned during the time covered by the breach: Hamilton v. Love, 152 Ind. 641, 71 Am. St. Rep. 384. See, also, Allen v. International Textbook Co., 201 Pa. 579, 88 Am. St. Rep. 834. If an action for the wrongful discharge of a servant is commenced during the term contracted for, but the trial occurs after the expiration of the term, he is entitled to recover the same damages that he would have been entitled to recover had the action been commenced after the expiration of the term: Howay v. Going-Northrup Co., 24 Wash. 88, 85 Am. St. Rep. 942.
EAMES V. ARMSTRONG.
[146 N. C. 1, 59 8. E. 165.] DEEDS.—Covenants of Seisin in a deed extend only to guar. antee the bargainee against any title existing in a third person and which might defeat the estate granted, and does not embrace a title that may be already in the grantee. (p. 438.)
DEEDS—Estoppel Against Grantee.-A grantee is estopped from setting up title previously acquired against his vendor. (pp. 438, • 439.)
DEEDS_Taxes—Validity.-The fact that land is listed in the name of some one other than the owner does not invalidate a tax deed, unless it is shown that the true owner listed and paid the taxes on it. (p. 439.)
DEEDS Taxes—Validity.-If land belonging to the wife has been listed for taxes in the name of her husband, who has no interest therein, a tender to redeem made by him, notwithstanding the birth of issue, when he is not acting for her or claiming under her, does not invalidate the tax deed. (p. 440.)
DEEDS_Taxes—Right to Attack.—No one can question the title acquired by a tax deed, without first showing that he or the person under whom he claims had title to the property at the time of the sale, and that all taxes due upon the property have been paid by such person, and a husband in whose name his wife's land was listed for taxation cannot, in his own right, attack a tax deed to the premises. (p. 440.)
DEEDS—Breach of Covenant of Seisin—Measure of Damages. Generally, the purchase money is the measure of damages for the breach of a covenant of seisin; yet if the covenantee perfects his title for a less sum, his recovery is limited to the amount paid. (p. 441.)
DEEDS-Covenants of Seisin-Right to Sue for Breach. If the grantee in a deed with covenants of seisin procures the deed to clear the title to the property which his wife had formerly held subject to a tax deed to the grantor, and thereafter both husband and wife convey the land to another, whose possession is never disturbed, the husband cannot recover for an alleged breach of the grantor's covenant of seisin. (p. 442.)
DEEDS.-Covenants of Seisin are Covenants of Indemnity, and do not run with the land. (p. 442.)