Barker v. Traders Bank, No. 12639

CourtSupreme Court of West Virginia
Writing for the CourtBROWNING
Citation166 S.E.2d 331,152 W.Va. 774
PartiesBobby BARKER et al. v. The TRADERS BANK, a Corporation, et al.
Docket NumberNo. 12639
Decision Date18 March 1969

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166 S.E.2d 331
152 W.Va. 774
Bobby BARKER et al.
v.
The TRADERS BANK, a Corporation, et al.
No. 12639.
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
Submitted March 4, 1969.
Decided March 18, 1969.

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Syllabus by the Court

1. An order of a trial court dismissing a complaint upon motion of a defendant under the provisions of Rule 12(b), R.C.P., is interlocutory; but if in the same order the action also is dismissed such order becomes a final appealable judgment within the meaning of Code, 58--5--1, as amended.

2. Rule 8, R.C.P., contemplates a succinct complaint containing a plain statement of the nature of the claim together with a demand for judgment.

3. Whether a complaint states a claim upon which relief may be granted is to be determined solely from the provisions of such complaint and an amended complaint and a previous complaint in the same case which has been dismissed upon motion of the defendant under Rule 12(b), R.C.P., cannot be read together in determining whether the last complaint is sufficient.

[152 W.Va. 775] Rudolph L. DiTrapano, John R. Mitchell, Thomas P. Maroney, Cabin Creek, for appellants.

George M. Scott, Spencer, for Traders Bank.

Steptoe & Johnson, Carl F. Stucky, Jr., Charleston, for Robert DePue.

BROWNING, Judge.

Plaintiffs, Bobby Barker and Patsy A. Barker, instituted this action in the Circuit Court of Roane County on January 4, 1965, against the Traders Bank, the complaint alleging that 'on or about the 7th day of July, 1964, the defendant, in a willfully, wanton, malicious and wrongful manner, converted a certain HD Allis Chalmers 6 cylinder bull dozer, 1 lowboy, Phelan trailer No. 115604 and 1 1950 International Truck Serial No. A337663, of the value of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), the property of the plaintiffs.' as a result of which plaintiffs were damaged in the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) compensatory damages and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) punitive damages. A motion for a more definite statement was filed with the court, to which plaintiff consented, and in the statement filed plaintiffs set forth that on March 6, 1964, plaintiffs had executed a chattel deed of trust in favor of the defendant for one bulldozer to secure a note payable to defendant in the principal amount of $6,000, payable in twelve quarterly payments of $500 each, plus interest. The statement then asserts that the plaintiff Bobby Barker appeared at the Traders Bank on June 6, 1964, the date the first payment was due, and tendered the sum of $500 which the defendant refused to accept. The same tender was made on June 7 and refused and again on June 8 when the defendant accepted $500. On June 16, 1964, a second chattel deed of trust was executed by plaintiffs to the defendant embracing the same bulldozer but adding [152 W.Va. 776] thereto one lowboy and one 1950 International truck. Within ten days after

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the execution of this second chattel deed of trust the defendant Robert DePue, as trustee for the bank, repossessed the Bulldozer, lowboy and truck, taking the bulldozer off a job where it was earning $10 per hour and on July 7, 1964, sold the three items covered by the chattel deed of trust at public sale.

The defendant bank then moved to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a cause of action upon which relief could be granted on the ground that any wrongful act as shown by the 'more definite statement' was that of DePue rather than the bank which motion was sustained by the court and the plaintiffs were granted leave to file an amended complaint on or before July 9, 1965. On July 6, 1965, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint which in substance contained the allegations of the original complaint as amplified and explained by the 'more definite statement' and joined DePue as a party defendant. Filed with this complaint as exhibits are the two chattel deeds of trust. Defendants again moved to dismiss on the ground that the amended complaint shows affirmatively that the plaintiffs were in default at the time the property was allegedly repossessed. The transcript of the record before us does not show any action by the court upon this motion to dismiss, however, on September 16, 1965, plaintiffs filed another complaint styled 'first amended complaint' which...

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  • C.C. v. Harrison Cnty. Bd. of Educ., No. 20-0171
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • June 17, 2021
    ...relief may be granted is to be determined solely from the provisions of such complaint[.]’ Syl. pt. 3, in part, Barker v. Traders Bank , 152 W. Va. 774, 166 S.E.2d 331 (1969)." Syl. pt. 2, Par Mar v. City of Parkersburg , 183 W. Va. 706, 398 S.E.2d 532 (1990). Accordingly, upon a motion to ......
  • Morris v. Crown Equipment Corp., No. 32751.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • June 29, 2006
    ...Dictionary, Centennial Edition, 6th Ed.1990, defines the term "claim," inter alia, as "[a] cause of action." In Barker v. Traders Bank, 152 W.Va. 774, 780, 166 S.E.2d 331, 335 (1969), this Court stated that "Rule 8(a), R.C.P., contemplates a succinct complaint containing a plain statement o......
  • Tolliver v. Kroger Co., No. 23940.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • November 21, 1997
    ...for failing to state a claim under Rule 12(b)(6) or 12(c) of the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure.24 See Barker v. Traders Bank, 152 W.Va. 774, 778, 166 S.E.2d 331, 334 (1969) ("There is some overlapping perhaps of Rules 12(b)(6), 12(c) and 56, Mrs. Tolliver could have remedied the fa......
  • Jackson v. Putnam County Bd. of Educ., No. 33038.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • May 24, 2007
    ..."was to eliminate the intricacies and interminable delays inherent in the rules of common law pleading." See Barker v. Traders Bank, 152 W.Va. 774, 780, 166 S.E.2d 331, 335 It is my view that in order to achieve a just determination of this action and to eliminate the intricacies inherent i......
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  • C.C. v. Harrison Cnty. Bd. of Educ., No. 20-0171
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • June 17, 2021
    ...relief may be granted is to be determined solely from the provisions of such complaint[.]’ Syl. pt. 3, in part, Barker v. Traders Bank , 152 W. Va. 774, 166 S.E.2d 331 (1969)." Syl. pt. 2, Par Mar v. City of Parkersburg , 183 W. Va. 706, 398 S.E.2d 532 (1990). Accordingly, upon a motion to ......
  • Morris v. Crown Equipment Corp., No. 32751.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • June 29, 2006
    ...Dictionary, Centennial Edition, 6th Ed.1990, defines the term "claim," inter alia, as "[a] cause of action." In Barker v. Traders Bank, 152 W.Va. 774, 780, 166 S.E.2d 331, 335 (1969), this Court stated that "Rule 8(a), R.C.P., contemplates a succinct complaint containing a plain statement o......
  • Tolliver v. Kroger Co., No. 23940.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • November 21, 1997
    ...for failing to state a claim under Rule 12(b)(6) or 12(c) of the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure.24 See Barker v. Traders Bank, 152 W.Va. 774, 778, 166 S.E.2d 331, 334 (1969) ("There is some overlapping perhaps of Rules 12(b)(6), 12(c) and 56, Mrs. Tolliver could have remedied the fa......
  • Jackson v. Putnam County Bd. of Educ., No. 33038.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • May 24, 2007
    ..."was to eliminate the intricacies and interminable delays inherent in the rules of common law pleading." See Barker v. Traders Bank, 152 W.Va. 774, 780, 166 S.E.2d 331, 335 It is my view that in order to achieve a just determination of this action and to eliminate the intricacies inherent i......
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