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Machinery Hauling, Inc. v. Steel of West Virginia
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The Plaintiff, Machinery Hauling, Inc. (Plaintiff), the buyer, contracted with the Defendant, Steel of West Virginia (Defendant), the seller, to purchase and deliver steel to a third party. Defendant later learned that the steel was unmerchantable and directed Plaintiff to return it. Plaintiff contends that it was told that if it did not pay the price of the undelivered loads, Defendant would cease doing business with Plaintiff. Plaintiff sued, based on extortion. The circuit court denied Plaintiff’s recovery and the appellate court affirmed, holding that a threat not to do business in the future was not unlawful. Certified questions were sent to the Supreme Court of Appeals, dealing with the issue.
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