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Miller Rubber Co., of New York v. Peggs

Supreme Court of Arizona

December 21, 1942

THE MILLER RUBBER COMPANY OF NEW YORK, a Corporation, Appellant,
v.
J. M. PEGGS, Appellee

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of the County of Maricopa. Howard C. Speakman, Judge. Judgment reversed and cause remanded with directions.

Messrs. Cox & Cox and Mr. Herbert Watson, for Appellant.

Messrs. Beer & Christy, for Appellee.

OPINION

[60 Ariz. 158] ROSS, J.

On March 24, 1932, the plaintiff, The Miller Rubber Company of New York, sued the defendant, J. M. Peggs, in the Superior Court of Maricopa County (being Cause No. 36727 therein), and thereafter, on February 28, 1934, recovered judgment against him in the sum of $515.16, interest and costs.

Upon this judgment, payments were made by defendant from time to time in the sum of $293.32, leaving a balance due of $390.56.

On March 4, 1939, the present action, to renew the judgment for the balance of $390.56, was filed under section 22-101, Arizona Code 1939.

Defendant Peggs in his answer to the complaint set up that The Miller Rubber Company of New York was, on or about

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the 23d day of May, 1930, disorganized and dissolved; that since said time it has been without corporate existence or legal entity, and that said judgment is null and void for the lack of a plaintiff. He further alleged that at no time since 1930 has The Miller Rubber Company of New York been qualified to do business in Arizona.

Counsel for plaintiff thereupon filed a motion to substitute W. T. Smith as plaintiff upon the ground that The Miller Rubber Products Company, a corporation, had assigned the indebtedness sued on to him. After a hearing thereon, this motion was denied. Judgment was entered for defendant, from which this appeal is prosecuted.

Whether the ruling denying the motion for substitution was right or wrong, it is not necessary that we decide. [60 Ariz. 159] At all events, it left The Miller Rubber Company of New York as plaintiff and J. M. Peggs as defendant in the action to renew the judgment. It was under that title the original judgment was entered on February 28, 1934. The validity of this judgment and the debt for which it was entered were recognized by defendant's paying thereon approximately $300, but defendant says the balance of said judgment is null and void because it runs in favor of The Miller Rubber Company of New York, a nonexistent corporation or entity. It is not denied that the rubber company was a corporation and that defendant transacted business with it which resulted in a claim against him, in part unpaid -- an asset of the corporation, or its assigns. Since defendant does not claim that his debt has been paid or that it is barred by limitation, he must escape payment thereof, if at all, on the ground that there is no one capable of accepting and receipting for the balance he admittedly owes.

Defendant is in no position to question the validity and binding force and effect of the judgment against him. It

"is conclusive of rights, questions and facts in issue, as to the parties and their privies, in all other actions in the same or any other judicial tribunal of concurrent ...


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