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    As many of you are aware, I generally avoid business letters in this section of the site. This month's selection, however, is legal material that I believe will give you a good shorthand workout. Although this piece was intended as a transcription exercise, it is well worth practicing at your top speed.

Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p. 244-245

Transcription Study 7

          Dear Sir, The above entitled and styled cause which is Case No. 12066 in the Court of Common Pleas of Tulsa County, Oklahoma, has been disposed of favorably to the defendants.
          The matter was set for hearing last Saturday on motions of certain of the defendants to strike out a portion of the plaintiff’s petition.  This motion was also acted upon favorably to the defendants; after which, by agreement of the various parties, demurrers were immediately filed and presented and upon careful consideration by the Court, the demurrers of all dates were sustained. 
          The plaintiff immediately gave notice of his intention to appeal to the supreme court of the State of Oklahoma and asked for extension of time within which to prepare, serve, and settle the case-made.
          The plaintiff was given 10 days within which to have his bill of exceptions filed and 60 days to prepare and serve a transcript of the proceedings; 10 days to suggest amendments and 5 days on which to settle the case-made or transcript.
          The plaintiff is firm in his conviction that the Court has committed error and he says there is no doubt that an appeal will be taken.  It is my judgment that the Court was correct in his ruling and that the plaintiff would get nowhere on his appeal.  However, the cost of a briefing and getting the case ready for hearing in the Supreme Court would be considerable.
          My theory of the case is that the present suit is a collateral attack upon the original judgment which was rendered in the Justice Court and on that theory the Court sustained our demurrers.  The plaintiff’s theory is that the judgment on the Justice Court is voided and therefore a nullity; that the suit is not a collateral attack.
          We have not yet had a journal entry prepared and signed by the
Court but this will be done within the next few days and I will furnish you with a copy.  Very truly yours,

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