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Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway Co. v. Columbus Rolling-Mill Co
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The Plaintiff, Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway Co. (Plaintiff), approached the Defendant, Columbus Rolling-Mill Co. (Defendant), for a quote on iron rails to be delivered in March of 1880. Defendant replied with an offer to sell 2000 to 5000 tons of 50 lb rails, which was to be accepted by December 20, 1879, to be valid. On December 16, 1879 plaintiff wrote defendant ordering 1200 tons of rails. Defendant responded that the order could not be taken at the agreed upon price and Plaintiff sued for performance. When Plaintiff failed to accept Defendant’s offer on its face, Plaintiff later tried to accept under the original terms of 2000 to 5000 tons. The trial court found that the Plaintiff’s acceptance was not valid and that mutual assent had not been reached. Plaintiffs appealed.
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