GRAND RAPIDS, MI – BREAKING NEWS - A long standing dispute has finally come to rest. One of the epic legal battles that will go down in history has a final resolution. Turkey v. Farmer has seen its final order issued by the Circuit Court.
Johnathan Quincy Farmer, Sr. originally bought Thomas Turkey for his son, Johnathan Quincy Farmer, Jr., to raise for 4H. While a young Turkey road home on the lap of Farmer Jr., Farmer Jr. stated that he would take care of Turkey forever and make sure that he had warm place to sleep and plenty to eat.
Life was great for Turkey and the Farmers. Turkey was fed well and was always comfortable when he slept. And Turkey grew and grew. While Turkey was not the winner at the annual Hudsonville Fair that year, he was clearly one of the bigger birds at that year’s competition. “I felt like a king back then,” Turkey stated, “I had everything that young bachelor could dream of.”
It was soon after this that Turkey overheard Farmer, Sr. announce that he intended Turkey to be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. For obvious reasons, this disturbed Turkey. It was upon hearing this information that Turkey filed his lawsuit with the Kent County Circuit Court.
In Turkey’s lawsuit he alleged that the Farmers materially breached their agreement with Turkey with their intent to eat him. The Farmer’s defense was that the agreement was with the minor Farmer and that the contract needed to be in writing. “That Turkey has no right to be in a court of law,” Farmer Sr. was quoted back when the lawsuit was first filed, “The fact that the system will allow it, leaves me with a fowl taste in my mouth.”
This lawsuit has dragged on for years. It has been bounced between a number of courts for a number of issues. Early this year the Court of Appeals ruled that Farmer, Sr. did indeed confirm the agreement of his minor son by taking affirmative actions to fulfil the terms of the contract.
But it was the recent Circuit Court ruling that will likely put this litigation to rest. The Circuit Court ruled that per the statute of frauds the contract between the parties needed to be in writing. In the judge’s opinion he stated, “If the agreement is to be perpetual in nature it cannot be completed in a year. One would also assume that the costs would eventually rise above $500 if they have not already. There is also a question of whether or not Mr. Turkey owns the real estate his coop is located on.”
This ongoing debate would not be fit without one final twist. In a complete surprise that sent the courtroom into an uproar, upon hearing that he might lose his case, Turkey threw himself on the floor screaming, “No. You can’t eat me. I am old and tough. It’s going to ruin Thanksgiving.”
The Circuit Court judge questioned Farmer and made one final statement. “Because of the length in time of this ongoing litigation, it has come to my attention no one would have any interest in eating Mr. Turkey and thus this case is moot. It is thus dismissed. Case closed.”
While Farmer could not be reached for comment after the final ruling, a bitter Turkey stated that he was planning on moving out of the country to someplace where Thanksgiving does not exist.
The moral of the story is have a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to smile. And The Business Law Group did not represent either party.