Eastman v. Dist. Township of Lyon

| Iowa | Apr 26, 1875

Beck, J.

I. The law involved in this case is settled in Clark v. The City of Des Moines, 19 Iowa, 200. In that 1. SCHOOL district: warrants: assign- , ment. case a judgment was rendered against the defendant which, upon a settlement and .agreement between the creditor and city council, was discharged upon payment of city warrants at the rate and - value of .75 cents on the dollar. It was held, the defense that the warrants were issued without authority or in excess of the authority of the city council could be set up against a bona fide assignee thereof, and the paper, being issued for a sum in excess of the amount-actually'due — $100, being issued for $75 due — 'was prima facie usurious.

II. Counsel for plaintiffs do not deny that the orders in the hands of good faith holders are subject to the defense 2.-: —: eess?am ex" based upon the fact that they were issued for a sum in excess of the amount actually due. But they insist that, as to such defense they are not within the rule of Clark v. The City of Des Moines.

TTT- It is first insisted that the amount which defendant was found to be indebted to the district township of Larch-wood was fixed by the tribunal, - composed of the electors of both districts, created by law for the adjudication of such questions, and the action of that tribunal cannot now be questioned. This may all be admitted. But the record shows that the amount of the warrants and the rate of discount to be allowed thereon was not a matter adjudicated by this tribunal, but was.settled by the agreement of, the directors of the respective townships.

IY. It is next urged that the agreement of the parties for the settlement of their respective claims; and that agreement having, been carried out by the issite and receipt of .the orders, the transfer of the property involved in the settlement and 'the acquisition of the paper by those parties, will validate the orders. But it must be kept in mind that by the agreement a debt of $1600 was paid by - orders to the amount of $2133.33. The officers of defendant, it is true; assented thereto, and treated the paper as valid. This is precisely the case of Clark v. The City of Des Moines; the. city council *440agreed to pay the amount of the warrants issued in satisfaction of the judgment, and upon the action of the council the warrants were issued. But in this they exceeded their authority, and the paper, as to its amount in excess of the real debt, was held void. The case before us, being not different in facts, falls within the operation of the same rules and principles.