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Garwood Packaging, Inc. v. Allen & Company, Inc.
Citation:United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2004. 378 F.3d 698.
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Garwood Packaging, Inc. (Plaintiff) created a packaging system designed to increase the shelf life of fresh meat, but it was not profitable, and had $3 million in debt. Plaintiff hired Allen & Company, Inc. (Defendant), an investment company, to find investors for its business. After searching for investors, defendant told plaintiff it would consider investing 2 million of its own money if another investor could be found to make a comparable investment. Hobart Corp. was another company willing to invest in plaintiff; however, Hobart insisted on obtaining releases from plaintiff’s current creditors before investing. Several of plaintiff’s creditors were unwilling to sign releases; however, defendant assured plaintiff that the deal would go through come “hell or high water.” Defendant ended up withdrawing its $2 million investment and the deal fell through. Plaintiff sued defendant based on promissory estoppel.
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