34 Wn.2d 38, W. L. GAZZAM, Appellant, v. BUILDING SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION, LOCAL 262 et al., Respondents

[No. 30823. En Banc.      Supreme Court          July 1, 1949.]

W. L. GAZZAM, Appellant, v. BUILDING SERVICE EMPLOYEES
           INTERNATIONAL UNION, LOCAL 262 et al., Respondents.1

[1] APPEAL AND ERROR - HEARING AND REHEARING - DIVIDED COURT. Where, on appeal, a majority of the supreme court is unable to reach a definite decision, the judgment of the trial court will stand affirmed.

Appeal from a judgment of the superior court for Kitsap county, Sutton, J., entered September 20, 1948, in favor of the plaintiff, in an action for injunctive relief and for damages, after a trial on the merits to the court. Affirmed.

Theodore S. Turner, for appellant.

L. Presley Gill, for respondents.

PER CURIAM. -

The appeal here present is from a second trial of the issues involved in Gazzam v. Building Service Employees International Union, Local 262, 29 Wn. (2d)488, 188 P. (2d) 97. In that case, we reversed a judgment of nonsuit and instructed the court to retry the case. In obedience to that instruction, the case was tried again, and a judgment entered in favor of Gazzam. Mr. Gazzam and the Union then appealed. The judgment provided for recovery of five hundred dollars as damages occasioned by the picketing of Mr. Gazzam's place of business. The trial court refused to allow damages caused by the fact that Gazzam's place of business had been placed on the unfair list.


1 Reported in 207 P. (2d) 699.

[1] See 3 Am. Jur. 671.

 July 1949]          LARSEN v. THE LILLY ESTATE.      39

[1] The members of this court have been unable to agree. Four judges were of the view that the judgment should be modified to the extent of allowing appellant Gazzam recovery of damages occasioned by picketing and by being placed on the unfair list. Three judges were of the opinion that recovery should only be allowed for damages occasioned by the picketing, and two judges were of the opinion that no damages should be allowed either for picketing or placing on the unfair list.

Inasmuch as a majority of the court has not reached a definite decision, the judgment of the trial court will stand affirmed.

August 12, 1949. Petition for rehearing denied.