Laughlin v. District of Columbia, 116 U.S. 485 (1886)
U.S. Supreme CourtLaughlin v. District of Columbia, 116 U.S. 485 (1886)
Laughlin v. District of Columbia
Argued January 14, 1886
Decided January 25, 1886
116 U.S. 485
A, having done work on the streets of Washington under a contract with the Board of Public Works, received certificates that his accounts were audited and allowed for specified amounts, on pledge of which he borrowed money of B, giving his note therefor shortly before the abolition of the board by Congress and the creation of the Board of Audit. A requested the Treasurer of the Board of Public Works in writing not to pay these certificates, but assigned no reason for the request. Afterwards, C presented them to the Board of Audit, by whom they were allowed, and C received district bonds for them under the law. Neither B nor C has accounted to A for the certificates nor returned his note. A sued the District for the amount due on the certificates. Held that he had no cause of action
This was a suit in the Court of Claims against the District of Columbia. The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.