Glover v. Jewish War Veterans of United States – Case Brief Summary

Summary of Glover v. Jewish War Veterans of United States, 68 A.2d 233 (D.C. 1949).

Facts

The Jewish War Veterans (D) offered a $500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the murderer of Maurice Bernstein. The organization published the reward offer in the newspaper. Mary Glover (P) told the police that one of the murderers was Reginald Wheeler, the boyfriend of her daughter. Glover gave the police information that led to his apprehension.

Glover learned of the reward after she had given the information to the police. The Jewish War Veterans organizations refused Glovers demand of the reward. She brought this lawsuit and appealed the trial court’s judgment for the defendant.

Issue

  • If a private party offers a reward for providing information, must a person claiming the reward know of the reward offer before giving the information?

Holding and Rule

  • Yes. In order to claim a reward offered by a private party, the prospective claimant must know of the reward before acting.

A prospective claimant cannot assent to a reward offer unless he or she knows of the offer before acting. In this case Glover did not know of the reward when she gave information to the police; therefore there was no acceptance and no contract. This holding is limited to rewards offered by private organizations and not to rewards offered by government agencies.

Disposition

Judgment affirmed.

See Frigaliment Importing Co. v. B.N.S. International Sales Corp. for a classic case in which the court held that there was no meeting of the minds and therefore no contract because the parties attached different meanings to the word “chicken” at the time of contract.


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