Forbes Co. v. MacNeel, No. 3128

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
Writing for the CourtBefore PARKER; McINTYRE; Forbes Company, Inc., on appeal to this court, claims a summary judgment should not have been awarded against it and that it should have been permitted to proceed to trial on its suit for damages resulting from the killing of
Citation382 P.2d 56
PartiesFORBES COMPANY, Inc., a Wyoming corporation, Appellant (Plaintiff below), v. J. Raymond MacNEEL, Appellee (Defendant below).
Decision Date28 May 1963
Docket NumberNo. 3128

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382 P.2d 56
FORBES COMPANY, Inc., a Wyoming corporation, Appellant (Plaintiff below),
v.
J. Raymond MacNEEL, Appellee (Defendant below).
No. 3128.
Supreme Court of Wyoming.
May 28, 1963.

Thomas S. Smith, Laramie, for appellant.

Dean W. Borthwick, of Riner & Borthwick, Cheyenne, for appellee.

Before PARKER, C. J., and HARNSBERGER, GRAY and McINTYRE, JJ.

McINTYRE, Justice.

Forbes Company, Inc., on appeal to this court, claims a summary judgment should not have been awarded against it and that it should have been permitted to proceed to trial on its suit for damages resulting from the killing of one of its heifers on a state highway. The defendant, J. Raymond MacNeel, struck and killed the heifer while driving a motor vehicle on the highway.

The defendant denied negligence on his part and cross-claimed for damages to his automobile. The plaintiff-company moved for summary judgment, pursuant to Rule 56, W.R.C.P., and defendant also moved for summary judgment in his favor upon the ground there was no genuine issue of any material fact.

The court had before it, in its consideration of these motions, certain affidavits submitted on behalf of plaintiff. One was an affidavit of the highway patrolman who investigated the accident. It set forth a diagram showing the position of the automobile and the heifer after the accident and measurements of skid marks at the scene of the accident. Also, there were answers made by defendant to interrogatories

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propounded by plaintiff. In addition, counsel for both parties agreed with the court that the affidavits and other supporting documents submitted by plaintiff in support of its motion constituted all of the facts involved in the controversy.

Judgment was entered against plaintiff-Forbes on its claim for the value of its heifer and against defendant-MacNeel on his cross-claim for damages to his automobile. Only the owner of the heifer has appealed. In doing so, it concedes the trial court, under Rule 56(c), W.R.C.P., could in its discretion enter judgment on defendant's motion, if plaintiff failed to prove the existence of a genuine issue as to any material fact.

Citing 6 Moore's Federal Practice, § 56.15, p. 2114 (2d Ed.), counsel argues plaintiff-Forbes, as the party against whom defendant-MacNeel's motion was directed, should have the benefit of all favorable inferences that may reasonably be drawn from the evidence. He claims the court abused its discretion in not granting such...

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  • Connett v. Fremont County School Dist. No. 6, Fremont County, No. 4892
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • July 11, 1978
    ...of negligence do not often lend themselves to summary adjudication. Gilliland v. Steinhoefel, supra, and Forbes Company v. MacNeel, Wyo., 382 P.2d 56, 57. . . . " (Footnote omitted) We have a further summary-judgment consideration not heretofore contemplated by the decisions of this court, ......
  • Johnson v. Soulis, No. 4458
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • November 21, 1975
    ...is involved, and where inquiry into the facts is not desirable to clarify the application of the law. Forbes Co., Inc. v. MacNeel, Wyo., 382 P.2d 56 (1963). Where there are genuine issues of material fact the summary judgment should not be granted. Gilliland v. Steinhoefel, Wyo., 521 P.2d 1......
  • Timmons v. Reed, No. 4681
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • September 13, 1977
    ...of negligence do not often lend themselves to summary adjudication. Gilliland v. Steinhoefel, supra, and Forbes Company v. MacNeel, Wyo., 382 P.2d 56, 57. With these restrictions in mind, we proceed to the initial determination of whether the defendants in this negligence case have sustaine......
  • Dubus v. Dresser Industries, No. 5648
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • August 4, 1982
    ...readily to summary adjudication. See: Gilliland v. Steinhoefel, Wyo., 521 P.2d 1350, 1352 (1974); Forbes Company v. MacNeel, Wyo., 382 P.2d 56, 57 Given these guidelines, it became incumbent upon the movants, Dresser, Johnson, and W. S. Hatch, to show this court that appellant's claims of n......
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  • Connett v. Fremont County School Dist. No. 6, Fremont County, No. 4892
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • July 11, 1978
    ...of negligence do not often lend themselves to summary adjudication. Gilliland v. Steinhoefel, supra, and Forbes Company v. MacNeel, Wyo., 382 P.2d 56, 57. . . . " (Footnote omitted) We have a further summary-judgment consideration not heretofore contemplated by the decisions of this co......
  • Johnson v. Soulis, No. 4458
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • November 21, 1975
    ...is involved, and where inquiry into the facts is not desirable to clarify the application of the law. Forbes Co., Inc. v. MacNeel, Wyo., 382 P.2d 56 (1963). Where there are genuine issues of material fact the summary judgment should not be granted. Gilliland v. Steinhoefel, Wyo., 521 P.2d 1......
  • Timmons v. Reed, No. 4681
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • September 13, 1977
    ...of negligence do not often lend themselves to summary adjudication. Gilliland v. Steinhoefel, supra, and Forbes Company v. MacNeel, Wyo., 382 P.2d 56, 57. With these restrictions in mind, we proceed to the initial determination of whether the defendants in this negligence case have sustaine......
  • Dubus v. Dresser Industries, No. 5648
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • August 4, 1982
    ...readily to summary adjudication. See: Gilliland v. Steinhoefel, Wyo., 521 P.2d 1350, 1352 (1974); Forbes Company v. MacNeel, Wyo., 382 P.2d 56, 57 Given these guidelines, it became incumbent upon the movants, Dresser, Johnson, and W. S. Hatch, to show this court that appellant's claims of n......
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