344 Mass. 761

June 11, 1962

Decree affirmed. This is an appeal from a decree of the Superior Court ordering the self insurer to pay total disability compensation to the employee from October 13, 1959. The employee suffered a back injury on April 1, 1957. An "excision of a ruptured disc at L5 on the left" was performed on April 8, 1957, and "a myelogram" was performed on August 11, 1958. In April, 1961, he was again hospitalized for a myelogram and in May, 1961, he underwent a spinal fusion. In the opinion of the orthopedic surgeon who treated the employee since May, 1959, "the employee's condition since October, 1959, is definitely causally related to the employee's initial injury." The single member found that the employee "was totally disabled since October 13, 1959," and that "his disability is causally related." The reviewing board affirmed and adopted the findings and decision of the single member. There was evidence to support the findings of total disability and causal relationship. See Bajdek's Case, 321 Mass. 325 , 326; Brek's Case, 335 Mass. 144 , 147. With respect to the evidentiary questions argued by the self insurer, we are satisfied that, if there was error, it was not such error as would require reversal. Indrisano's Case, 307 Mass. 520 , 523. Costs of this appeal are to be determined by a single justice under G. L. c. 152, Section 11A, as amended through St. 1957, c. 693, Section 3.

Home CHARLES W. JACOBY vs. JOSEPH M. KOUFMAN & another, administrators, & others.

344 Mass. 761

June 14, 1962

Exceptions overruled. Count 1 seeks to recover from the administrators of one Clauson on an express contract to pay a commission on Clauson's purchase of a golf course. Count 2 is against the administrators on an account annexed for $35,000 for a "[b]roker's fee" less a credit of $1,000. Count 4, upon the contract described in count 1, is against a corporation (to which the golf course was conveyed) owned and controlled by Clauson, as Clauson's undisclosed principal. Count 3 is not argued. Verdicts for all defendants were

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properly directed on all counts. No evidence warranted a finding that Clauson, on dates specified with respect to count 1, made any adequately definite contract (see Caggiano v. Marchegiano, 327 Mass. 574 , 579-582) with Jacoby, or with one Calkins as joint adventurer with Jacoby (see Cardullo v. Landau, 329 Mass. 5 , 8-9) to pay any ascertainable amount as a broker's commission for accomplishing any stipulated result, even if on conflicting evidence it could have been found that in some degree Calkins was an effective cause (see Kacavas v. Diamond, 303 Mass. 88 , 91-93) of Clauson's purchase. Testimony as to a customary rate of commission in connection with sales of business property was insufficient to establish the value of any services rendered by Jacoby and Calkins and to warrant any recovery on count 2 beyond the $1,000 paid by Clauson to Calkins, who paid $500 of this sum to Jacoby. See Hurwitz v. Parkway Country Club, Inc. 343 Mass. 661 , 665-666. See also Driscoll v. Bunar, 328 Mass. 398 , 403. Jacoby concedes that there will be no recovery on count 4 unless recovery on either count 1 or count 2 is warranted. In any event, upon the evidence the corporation cannot be held liable. If excluded portions of a deposition had been admitted in evidence, the result would not have been different on any count.