Peterson v. Bell, 5565

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Idaho
Writing for the CourtMCNAUGHTON, J.
Citation298 P. 379,50 Idaho 521
PartiesCARL G. PETERSON, Sometimes Signed CARL PETERSON, an Insane and Incompetent Person, by and Through His Duly Appointed Guardian Ad Litem, P. C. O'MALLEY, Appellant, v. CHARLES M. BELL, as Principal, and THE UNITED STATES FIDELITY & GUARANTY COMPANY, a Corporation, as Surety, Respondents
Decision Date16 April 1931
Docket Number5565

298 P. 379

50 Idaho 521

CARL G. PETERSON, Sometimes Signed CARL PETERSON, an Insane and Incompetent Person, by and Through His Duly Appointed Guardian Ad Litem, P. C. O'MALLEY, Appellant,
v.

CHARLES M. BELL, as Principal, and THE UNITED STATES FIDELITY & GUARANTY COMPANY, a Corporation, as Surety, Respondents

No. 5565

Supreme Court of Idaho

April 16, 1931


PLEADING-ANSWER-GENERAL DENIAL - MOTION TO STRIKE - APPEAL AND ERROR-FINDINGS UNDISTURBED, WHEN.

1. Motion to strike answer which put plaintiff on proof as to his allegations and separately set forth defendants' affirmative defense in accordance with statute held properly denied (C. S., sec. 6694, as amended by Laws 1925, chap. 10).

2. Where there is reasonable evidence sustaining findings of trial court, supreme court will not disturb such findings.

APPEAL from the District Court of the Fifth Judicial District, for Bannock County. Hon. Doran H. Sutphen, Acting Judge.

Action in damages and for judgment on surety bond. Judgment for defendants. Affirmed.

Judgment affirmed, with costs to respondent.

P. C. O'Malley, for Appellant.

The supreme court of the state of Idaho has recently and repeatedly held that a general denial is insufficient to raise an issue under our statutes, other than the facts pleaded did not exist.

"Denials of allegations of a verified complaint must be specific." (Hayes v. Robinson, 35 Idaho 265, 206 P. 173.)

"The answer discloses that each of these allegations was denied generally; such denial is insufficient to raise an issue under our statutes. C. S., sec. 6694, provides that where the complaint is verified, the defendant must deny specifically each material allegation." (Cleland v. McLaurin, 40 Idaho 371, 376, 232 P. 571.)

"A specific denial of all the allegations of the complaint has the same effect so far as the issues are concerned as a general denial." (Larsen v. Roberts, 32 Idaho 587, 187 P. 941.)

B. A. McDevitt and Peterson, Baum & Clark, for Respondents.

Where there is any evidence in the record to support the findings of the trial court, such findings will not be disturbed on appeal even though on the whole the evidence may preponderate against them. (Clark's Idaho Digest, "Appeal and Error," sec. 1258, p. 120, citing scores of Idaho cases.)

A general denial coupled with affirmative defenses is proper pleading. (Sess. Laws 1925, chap. 10, p. 12, amending sec. 6694, C. S.)

MCNAUGHTON, J. Lee, C. J., and Budge, Givens and Varian, JJ., concur.

OPINION [298 P. 380]

[50 Idaho 522] MCNAUGHTON, J.

On the thirteenth day of July, 1920, Carl Peterson was adjudged insane. On...

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  • Metzker v. Lowther, 7410
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Idaho
    • March 18, 1949
    ...answered each allegation by denying "each and every allegation therein contained." The denials were sufficient. Peterson v. Bell, 50 Idaho 521, 298 P. 379. In support of his demurrer he also insists that the allegations in the answer to his amended complaint that the respondents informed hi......
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  • Metzker v. Lowther, 7410
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Idaho
    • March 18, 1949
    ...answered each allegation by denying "each and every allegation therein contained." The denials were sufficient. Peterson v. Bell, 50 Idaho 521, 298 P. 379. In support of his demurrer he also insists that the allegations in the answer to his amended complaint that the respondents informed hi......

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