MASCHO v. JOHNSON

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MASCHO v. JOHNSON
1915 OK 974
153 P. 630
49 Okla. 646
Case Number: 5049
Decided: 11/23/1915
Supreme Court of Oklahoma

MASCHO et al.
v.
JOHNSON.

Syllabus

¶0 PLEADING--Judgment on Pleadings and Opening Statement. Where the answer of defendants stated a defense to the cause of action set out in the petition, it was error to render judgment on the pleadings and opening statement of counsel.

Error from District Court, Lincoln County; Chas. B. Wilson, Jr., Judge.

Action by Sallie M. Johnson against A. A. Mascho and others. Judgment for plaintiff, and defendants bring error. Reversed and remanded.

Johnson & Cordell, for plaintiffs in error.
Hoffman & Foster and Rittenhouse & Rittenhouse, for defendant in error.

HARDY, J.

¶1 After a jury had been impaneled, counsel for the respective parties stated their case and the facts they expected the evidence to show to the jury, at the close of which plaintiff moved the court for judgment, which motion was sustained. This was error. In Sullivan v. Williamson et al., 21 Okla. 844, 98 P. 1001, it is said:

"The petition stating a good cause of action, it was error for the court below to sustain a motion to dismiss the cause and render judgment against the plaintiff upon the opening statement of his counsel. 'Such a motion will not be granted merely because counsel fails to state in his opening statement facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action.'"

¶2 No motion for new trial was necessary to present this question to the court. Wagner v. A., T. & S. F. Ry. Co., 73 Kan. 283, 85 P. 299; Cowart v. Parker-Washington Co. et al., 40 Okla. 56, 136 P. 153; Minnetonka Oil Co. v. Cleveland Vitrified Brick Co., 48 Okla. 156, 149 P. 1136.

¶3 For the reasons stated, the order dismissing this case is set aside, the cause reinstated, and reversed and remanded.

¶4 All the Justices concur.