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Hadley v. Baxendale
Citation:9 Exch. 341
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Hadley (plaintiff) owned a mill, which had to stop operation due to a broken crank shaft. To order a new crank shaft, Hadley had to ship the old shaft to Joyce & Company to serve as a model for the new shaft. Hadley reached out to Pickford & Company, a carrier company owned by Baxendale (defendant), to have the old crank shaft carried to the engineer Joyce & Company. Hadley told Pickford that his mill had stopped and that the old shaft must be sent immediately. Pickford delayed shipping the old shaft to Joyce & Company. As a result, Hadley could not not use his mill for several days and lost profits. Hadley sued Baxendale to recover damages. Baxendale argued that the damages Hadley sought were too remote and that he was not liable with respect to them.
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