Burnes v. Scott,
117 U.S. 582 (1886)

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Burnes v. Scott, 117 U.S. 582 (1886)

Burnes v. Scott

Argued March 23, 1886

Decided April 5, 1886

117 U.S. 582


In a suit at law by the payee of a promissory note or his representatives, against the maker, evidence is inadmissible to show that the note was not intended to be a promissory note, but was given as a memorandum not to be enforced against the maker.

A defense in an action at law by the payee of a promissory note or his representatives that there was a failure of consideration in that the note was based upon certain partnership transactions between the parties which are

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still unsettled and the amount due from the one to the other therefore unknown, is an equitable defense which cannot be set up in that action.

The making of a champertous, and therefore under the law of the state void and illegal, contract for the prosecution of a suit to collect a promissory note cannot be set up in bar of a recovery on the note.

This was an action at law upon a promissory note. The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.

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