The Rose of Aberlone

Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School


Chronicle (Historical Society of Michigan, Winter 2009)

This is the story behind “The 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

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Date posted: June 13, 2012  

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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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Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )
1352 Hickory Island Drive
Haslett, MI 48840
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517-339-2246 (Phone)
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