United States v. Whited & Wheless, Ltd., 246 U.S. 552 (1918)

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United States v. Whited & Wheless, Ltd., 246 U.S. 552 (1918)

United States v. Whited & Wheless, Limited


No. 204


Submitted March 19, 1918
Decided April 15, 1918
246 U.S. 552

ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

Syllabus

The provision in the Act of March 3, 1891, § 8, 26 Stat. 1099, that

suits by the United States to vacate and annul patents hereafter issued shall only be brought within six years after the date of the issuance of such patents,

was designed for the security of patent titles, and does not apply to an action at law to recover the value of patented land as damages for deceit practiced by the defendant in procuring the patent.

A statute of limitations should be strictly construed in favor of the government.

Where there are two remedies for the protection of the same right, one may be barred and the other not.

The provision in the Act of March 2, 1896, limiting the government’s money recovery to the minimum government price (see 29 Stat. 42, § 2), when patents have been "erroneously issued under a railroad or wagon road grant" and the lands have been sold to bona fide purchasers, does not apply to a case in which the government seeks money damages because of deceit practiced in procuring a patent under the Homestead Law.

232 F. 139 reversed.

The case is stated in the opinion.

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Chicago: U.S. Supreme Court, "Syllabus," United States v. Whited & Wheless, Ltd., 246 U.S. 552 (1918) in 246 U.S. 552 246 U.S. 560. Original Sources, accessed January 23, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TK8K3GRRQS5DK2.

MLA: U.S. Supreme Court. "Syllabus." United States v. Whited & Wheless, Ltd., 246 U.S. 552 (1918), in 246 U.S. 552, page 246 U.S. 560. Original Sources. 23 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TK8K3GRRQS5DK2.

Harvard: U.S. Supreme Court, 'Syllabus' in United States v. Whited & Wheless, Ltd., 246 U.S. 552 (1918). cited in 1918, 246 U.S. 552, pp.246 U.S. 560. Original Sources, retrieved 23 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3TK8K3GRRQS5DK2.