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Hadley v. Baxendale
Citation:9 Ex. 341 (1854).
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Hadley operated a mill in Gloucester which was forced to shut down when a crank shaft broke. Hadley arranged for a replacement crank shaft to be manufactured by Joyce & Co. in Greenwich. However, Joyce & Co. needed the broken crank shaft to serve as a pattern for the new one. Hadley sent a servant to the Baxendale’s office to arrange for transportation of the broken crank shaft. The servant was advised that if the crank shaft was sent by noon any day it would be delivered to Greenwich the following day. The next day the crank shaft was taken to Baxendale before noon to be transported to Greenwich. Unfortunately, due to neglect, delivery of the broken crank shaft was delayed and Hadley did not receive the new crank shaft for several extra days.
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