The Rose of Aberlone

Chronicle (Historical Society of Michigan, Winter 2009)

Posted: 13 Jun 2012

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Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This is the story behind β€œThe Case of the Barren Cow,” a landmark legal dispute seemingly between two nineteenth-century Michigan farmers over a barren cow. But as this article reveals, many commonly held beliefs about the case are mistaken. In fact, the parties were prosperous businessmen, there was little reason to think the cow was barren, and although the seller won his appeal the buyer ended up with the cow. Nevertheless, the case remains one of the great contributions to contract law and law-school lore.

Keywords: mutual mistake, landmark cases, legal education

Suggested Citation

Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, The Rose of Aberlone (2009). Chronicle (Historical Society of Michigan, Winter 2009), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2083864

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