Friday, December 2, 2005
On this date 25 years ago -- December 2, 1980 -- the Missouri Court of Appeals decided Katz v. Danny Dare, Inc., 610 S.W.2d 121 (Mo. Ct. App.1980), a popular casebook follow-up to Feinberg v. Pfeiffer Co. in the promissory estoppel part of the course. In the case, the president of the company wanted to get his brother-in-law to resign instead of having to fire him (thus ticking off his sister) so he promised him a pension. After the man retired, the company reneged on the promise, claiming that there was no consideration for the promise because the employee would have been fired anyway. The court's holding -- that there was no consideration but that there was reliance -- is just off base enough to make for great class discussion.
We've been completely unable to find out any details about the protagonists in the case. There was a Danny Dare (1905-1996) who was a dancer/choreographer/director on Broadway and in Hollywood. He's best known as the choreography of films like Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
But we have no idea if he had any connection with the Danny Dare, Inc., involved in the case. If you have any information, we'd be delighted to get it.