Forgay v. Conrad
THIS was an appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Louisiana.
The facts in the case are set forth in the opinion of the court.
Mr. Sergeant moved to dismiss the appeal, because the decree of the court below was not final, and because the appeal was not regularly brought up. On the second point, he said that there were several defendants, one only of whom had appealed. But all the parties must join. 7 Peters, 399. He referred the court, however, upon this point, to Todd v. Daniel, 16 Peters, 521. A case must not come up in fragments. 3 Peters, 307; 3 Dall. 188.
To show that the decree was not final, he referred to The Palmyra, 10 Wheat. 502; Chace v. Vasquez, 11 Wheat. 429; Brown v. Swann, 9 Peters, 1; Young v. Grundy, 6 Cranch, 51; Rutherford v. Fisher, 4 Dall. 22; Lea v. Kelly, 1 Peters, 213; Young v. Smith, 12 Peters, 287.
Mr. May, contra.
Against the motion to dismiss, it is submitted,--
1st. There are proper parties to this appeal.
The appellants have separate and distinct interests, and the decree is several. Todd v. Daniel, 16 Peters, 523; McDonough v. Dannery, 3 Dallas, 188, 193, 198.
On order of court. The petition for an appeal by appellants alone is found in the record, p. 198. This was notice to the other defendants below of the appeal.
2d. The decree is final.
It decides the title of all the property in dispute, decrees that it be delivered up to the complainant, and that execution issue, &c. Wilson v. Daniel, 3 Dallas, 404. The whole law of the case, so far as the appellants are concerned, is settled by the decree; nothing is left to be done but the ministerial duty of stating an account, which in this case is in the nature of an execution to carry out the decree; the principles of the account are prescribed. It is like the case of Ray v. Law, 3 Cranch, 179 (explained in 10 Wheaton, 503). Whiting v. Bank of the United States, 13 Peters, 15.
Mr. Chief Justice TANEY delivered the opinion of the court.