Williford v. White

Decision Date13 July 1979
Docket NumberNos. 10713,10706,s. 10713
Citation584 S.W.2d 637
PartiesPrice B. WILLIFORD and Kenneth Bowen, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Charles C. WHITE and Mary Alice White, Defendants-Respondents. Price B. WILLIFORD and Kenneth Bowen, Plaintiffs-Respondents, v. Charles C. WHITE and Mary Alice White, Defendants-Appellants.
CourtMissouri Court of Appeals

Douglas J. Patterson, Kansas City, for plaintiffs-appellants respondents.

Robert L. Jackson, Burke, Jackson & Hoffman, Kansas City, William Icenogle, Icenogle & Icenogle, Camdenton, for defendants-respondents appellants.

TITUS, Judge.

Plaintiffs Williford and Bowen filed a three-count petition (I) to quiet title to certain real estate, (II) to eject defendants husband and wife from the real estate and award plaintiffs rents and profits for the time defendants occupied the property and (III) to rescind a real estate contract for fraud. Defendants answered and counterclaimed for specific performance of the contract or, in the alternative, for damages because of plaintiffs' failure to comply with the terms of the agreement. Following trial, the court entered judgment quieting title to the property in plaintiffs, ejecting defendants therefrom and awarding plaintiffs money damages in the sum of $1.00. In addition, the judgment was in favor of defendants on the third count of the petition and awarded defendants $16,500 damages against plaintiff Williford on the alternative counterclaim. All parties have appealed.


The three points relied on by plaintiffs read: "I Plaintiffs Williford and Bowen should have received more than nominal damages for rent while the defendants were in possession of the premises, pursuant to Section 524.110 R.S.Mo. II Plaintiff Williford should be responsible in quantum meruit pursuant to Count II of defendants' counterclaim only for those items which represent expenses by defendants for the improvement and completion of the residence in question and/or the reasonable value thereof. III Plaintiff Williford respectfully submits that the judgment entered against him in the sum of $16,500.00 (on defendants' alternative counterclaim) is in error as being outside the scope of the evidence, not supported by competent evidence and excessive."

Any apt informed reader of the points relied on, supra, will quickly note they were penned in violation of the mandatory requirements (Bell v. Bell, 538 S.W.2d 733, 735(1) (Mo.App.1976)) of Rule 84.04(d), V.A.M.R., which requires strict application and is appropriate to appellate review of court-tried cases. Matter of Estate of Langford, 529 S.W.2d 31, 32(3) (Mo.App.1975); Long v. Lincoln, 528 S.W.2d 512, 513(1) (Mo.App.1975). Wherein and why plaintiffs should have received more than nominal damages for rent, wherein and why plaintiff Williford should be liable for only improvement expenses or the reasonable value thereof and wherein and why the $16,500 judgment for defendants was outside the scope of the evidence, unsupported by competent evidence and excessive are simple abstract conclusions whose meanings may be ascertained only after a search through the transcript on appeal and the argument portion of plaintiffs' brief. This we are not required to do. Corning Bank v. Hager, 560 S.W.2d 892, 894 (Mo.App.1978); Brewer v. Blanton, 555 S.W.2d 381, 386(12) (Mo.App.1977); Sears v. Kistner, 555 S.W.2d 74, 76(1) (Mo.App.1977); Barber v. M. F. A. Milling Co., 536 S.W.2d 208, 209-210(4) and 211(13) (Mo.App.1976); Cavaness v. Armstrong, 525 S.W.2d 446, 447(3) (Mo.App.1975).

In addition to the foregoing, we note that plaintiffs' point II is penned naked of any citation of authority. Albeit Thummel v. King, 570 S.W.2d 679, 687(12, 13) (Mo. banc 1978) holds "that Rule 84(.04(d)) does not Require citation of authority in every instance," it also states that "if the point advanced is not a matter of first impression and is not simply a matter of logic or policy or analysis of statutory or documentary language, . . . the court on appeal need not search for precedential support to overrule the contention." There is nothing in plaintiffs' point that qualifies it to be catalogued among the exempted categories enounced by Thummel and we respectfully decline the chore of briefing the matter for them.

For the reasons heretofore stated, plaintiffs' appeal is dismissed.


Defendants' first point relied on states: "The court erred in denying Defendants specific performance of their real estate contract and as a consequence erred in quieting title in Plaintiffs and in ordering Defendants ejected from the real estate in question in that Plaintiff Bowen, by his conduct is estopped from denying the validity of the contract because Bowen did not cause the Warranty Deed conveying the property to him and Plaintiff Williford, dated March 26, 1958, to be recorded until June 1, 1973; permitted the records in the Office of the Camden County Assessor to show ownership of the real estate in Plaintiff Williford; permitted Williford to insure the property in Williford's name only; permitted Williford to deal with the property as his own; and permitted Defendants to go in and remain in possession of the real estate for a number of years and make improvements thereon."

The primary thing wrong with this point is that there is a total dearth of evidence that plaintiff Bowen delayed recording of the deed, permitted the assessor's records to show plaintiff Williford owned the property, permitted plaintiff...

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    • United States
    • Missouri Court of Appeals
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    ...the exempted categories enounced by Thummel and we respectfully decline the chore of briefing the matter for (him)." Williford v. White, 584 S.W.2d 637, 638 (Mo.App.1979). Admittedly plaintiff did not proffer evidence of the exact sums due her from defendant under the contract. However, pla......
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