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Vulcan Metals Co. v. Simmons Manufacturing Co
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Simmons (Defendant) sold to Vulcan (Plaintiff) all of its patents, tools, dies and equipment for the manufacturing of vacuum cleaners. During the course of the negotiations for the sale, Defendant made two sorts of representations to Plaintiff. The first group of representations included commendations of the cleanliness, economy and efficiency of the vacuum. The second class of representatives was that Defendant had not sold the vacuum, or made any attempt to sell it; that they had not shown it to any one; that it had never been on the market, and that no one outside the company officials and the men in the factory knew anything about it. Plaintiff’s action for deceit alleged that the purchase was made on the strength of these representations, but that the vacuum was totally ineffective and unmarketable. There was evidence that Defendant’s agents had made several efforts to sell the machines, which had proven unsuccessful because the machines could not create the vacuum necess ary for their operation.
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