106 P.2d 332

ALABAM FREIGHT LINES, a Corporation, Appellant, v. GEORGE C. CHATEAU, Appellee.

Civil No. 4239.Supreme Court of Arizona.
Filed October 14, 1940.

APPEAL AND ERROR. — Where appellee fails to answer appellant’s assignments of error, Supreme Court treats such failure as tantamount to a confession of error and reverses the case, especially if any debatable question is raised by appellant.

See 3 Am. Jur. 301.

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of the County of Maricopa.

M.T. Phelps, Judge. Judgment reversed and cause remanded for a new trial.

Mr. W.L. Barnum and Mr. R.H. Brumback, for Appellant.

Messrs. Wilson Wilson and Mr. Howard W. Gibbons, for Appellee.

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ROSS, C.J.

The appellee herein filed a motion to dismiss the appeal. Such motion was granted but thereafter, upon a showing which we thought justified it, the order of dismissal was vacated and the case reinstated.

The appellant has filed its brief and made a number of assignments of error, to which appellee has made no answer. We have held, when appellee fails to answer appellant’s assignments of error, we will treat such failure as tantamount to a confession of error and reverse the case. The cases holding thus are: Skelsey v. Kuhn, 23 Ariz. 367, 203 P. 1082; Hatch v Leighton, 24 Ariz. 300, 209 P. 300; Tarbell v. Rivera, 31 Ariz. 214, 251 P. 553. This is especially so if any debatable question is raised by an appellant. Navarro v. State, 32 Ariz. 119, 256 P. 114; Adkins v. Adkins, 39 Ariz. 530, 8 P.2d 248; Welch v. United Mutual Benefit Assn., 48 Ariz. 173, 60 P.2d 931.

The judgment is reversed and the cause remanded for a new trial.

LOCKWOOD and McALISTER JJ., concur.