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Mid-South Packers, Inc. v. Shoney’s, Inc.
Citation:761 F.2d 1117 (5th Cir. 1985)
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At a meeting on April 17, 1982 between Plaintiff and Defendant, Plaintiff presented Defendant with a proposal letter setting out the prices and terms at which Plaintiff would supply meat to Defendant. The letter stated that Plaintiff would inform Defendant 45 days before any price change, but did not include any terms as to quantity or duration. Defendant began buying meat from Plaintiff. Defendant would send a purchase order to Plaintiff for each delivery and would receive an invoice from Plaintiff after each shipment. At a meeting on August 12, 1982, Plaintiff informed Defendant that the meat price was increasing. On August 18, Defendant submitted another purchase order. It continued to submit purchase orders, received the delivered meat from Plaintiff, and paid the invoices reflecting the increased price. On its final order, Defendant offset the amount due on the invoice by the difference between the original price and the increased price it had paid on its previous orders. Plaintiff sued to recover the amount of the offset. The district court granted Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment. Defendant appealed.
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