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Hadley v. Baxendale
Citation:9 Ex. 341, 156 Eng. Rep. 145 (1854)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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On May 11th, the plaintiff’s mill stopped working because of a broken crank shaft. The break was discovered on the 12th and the plaintiffs sent a worker to defendant on the 13th to have the shaft delivered to where it could be fixed. The defendants were told that the mill was stopped and the shaft must be sent immediately. The defendant said the shaft, if brought to them by 12:00, would be delivered the following day. The shaft was brought to defendants by 12:00 and the defendant’s clerk was told that a “special entry” should be made to hurry the delivery if necessary. Due to neglect, the delivery of the shaft was delayed, so the plaintiff did not receive the new shaft for several days, which prevented the mill from working. This resulted in the plaintiff losing profits. The defendants claim they should not be liable for the lost profits, as those damages are too remote.
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