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Contracts Keyed to Templin
Hadley v. Baxendale
Citation:9 Exch. 341 (1854)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Hadley (plaintiff) owned a mill in Gloucester. When the crank shaft broke, halting the work on the mill, the plaintiff contacted Baxendale (defendant), owners of a shipping company. The shaft needed to be shipped to the engineering company in Greenwich as a pattern for a new shaft. The defendant stated that if they were given the shaft before noon, it would arrive in Greenwich the next day. The plaintiff delivered the shaft to the defendant before noon, but negligence on part of the defendant caused the shaft to be delivered to Greenwich several days later. The mill remained closed during this delay. The plaintiff sued the defendant for breach of contract, seeking lost profits.
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