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Arcos Ltd v E A Ronaassen & Son

[1933] AC 470

Case summary last updated at 01/01/2020 17:58 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Arcos Ltd v E A Ronaassen & Son

 P agreed to buy wood 8/16 inch thick but D actually delivered wood 9/16 inch thick. The court considered that P could not be bound to accept goods that did not match the description of those specified in the contract. P was allowed to terminate, even though the goods were “merchantable”. The real reason for p terminating was because it had made a bargain that was unprofitable to them. This case shows the unfairness of an absolute insistence on the specified terms of the contract. 

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