Phelps v. McQuade
Further acts of imposters Phelps v. McQuade
P sold jewels to D who claimed to be Baldwin J. Gwynne. D paid fully value then sold jewelry to M and had no notice of its illegitimate origins. P found out and sued McQuade to recover the jewels.
Trial court gave judgment to P but NY court of Appeals held D entitled to directed verdict
Court held that where the vendor intends to sell his goods to the person with whom he deals, then title passes, even though he be deceived as to that person’s identity or responsibility.
Vendor’s intent is all that matters here