Contracts Keyed to Calamari
Northern Indiana Public Service Co. v. Carbon County Coal Co.
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The Plaintiff and the Defendant entered into a 20-year contract wherein the Plaintiff would buy 1.5 million tons of coal from the Defendant every year for $24 a ton subject to various escalation provisions. The Plaintiff's rates were regulated by the Indiana Public Service Commission (IPSC) and it ordered the Plaintiff to make a good faith effort to buy electricity at lower prices than it cost to generate electricity internally. As a result of the effort, the Plaintiff was able to buy electricity more cheaply than it could produce it. This made the coal largely unnecessary and the Plaintiff was not permitted to pass the cost of the coal on to its customers. Therefore, the Plaintiff sought to have its obligations excused under the force majeure clause of the contract.
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