Byers v. Surget - 60 U.S. 303 (1856)
U.S. Supreme Court
Byers v. Surget, 60 U.S. 19 How. 303 303 (1856)
Byers v. Surget
60 U.S. (19 How.) 303
Where there was a judgment for costs against the plaintiff, in a suit where the defendant pleaded a discharge in bankruptcy, and the attorney for the defendant taxed those costs, directed the property upon which an execution should be levied for their collection, prepared the advertisements for the sale of it, caused a sale to be made of fourteen thousand acres of land, to produce a few dollars as costs, and then became himself the purchaser, the sale will be decreed fraudulent and void, and ordered to be set aside.
This was a bill filed by Surget, a citizen of Mississippi, to set aside a sale made under the circumstances, which are fully stated in the opinion of the court.
The circuit court decreed that the purchase of the lands by Byers was fraudulent and void, and ordered the sale to be set aside. Byers appealed to this Court.