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Hochster v. De La Tour
Citation:2 Ellis & Bl. 678, 118 Eng.Rep. 922
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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In April 1852, De La Tour (defendant) engaged Hochster (plaintiff), a courier, to accompany him on a three-month tour that was to begin on June 1st in exchange for a monthly salary during his service. On May 11, 1852, De La Tour wrote to Hochster that he had changed his mind and no longer needed his services. De La Tour refused to pay any compensation to Hochster. On May 22, 1852, Hochster sued De La Tour for breach of contract. De La Tour asserted that there could not be a breach before performance was due to begin on June 1st.
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