Rhodes v. Farmer - 58 U.S. 464 (1854)
U.S. Supreme Court
Rhodes v. Farmer, 58 U.S. 17 How. 464 464 (1854)
Rhodes v. Farmer
58 U.S. (17 How.) 464
Where a complainant sought to recover by bill in chancery the proceeds of a judgment which he alleged that his debtor had against a third person, and it turned out that his debtor had only an interest of one-fourth in this judgment, which fourth was collected and the proceeds paid over to the solicitor of the complainant during the pendency of the suit, the bill was properly dismissed at the cost of the complainant.
The assignment of the judgment was in reality conditional, although absolute on its face, and the present bill being in the nature of a bill to carry that assignment into effect, in such a case parol evidence is admissible to rebut or explain an equitable interest.
The judgment was nominally assigned to the debtor, but his equitable interest in it was only one-fourth, which was all that the complainant was entitled to. This fourth being paid before the decree, together with costs up to that time, it was proper to dismiss the bill at the cost of the complainant.
The facts in the case are stated in the opinion of the Court.