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Hadley v. Baxendale
Citation:9 Exch. 341 (1854)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Plaintiff owned and operated a corn mill in Gloucester. The crank shaft that operated the mill broke and halted all mill operations. To obtain a new shaft, Plaintiff was required to ship the old crank shaft to an engineering company in Greenwich to be used as a model for a new shaft. Plaintiff contacted a shipping company owned by Defendant, and obtained shipping information for the crank shaft. Plaintiff was informed that if the crank shaft was delivered to the shipping company before noon, it would be shipped and delivered to Greenwich the following day. The following day, Plaintiff delivered the crank shaft to the shipping company before noon and paid the shipping price in full. However, the shipping company negligently delayed shipping, and the crank shaft was not delivered until several days later. As a result, Plaintiff obtained the new crank shaft several days later than expected, during which time the mill remained closed. Plaintiff sued Defendant for damages, including lost profits from the delay. The jury awarded Plaintiff lost profits, and Defendant appealed.
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