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Hadley v Baxendale

[1854] 9 Exh 341

Case summary last updated at 04/01/2020 13:00 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Hadley v Baxendale

 P operated a mill and paid D to deliver a faulty part to an engineer by a certain time. D failed to do so and P lost some business as a result. The court held that the harm was too remote to be claimed on. For a plaintiff to claim damages for harm caused by D, the harm would have to be generally foreseeable to D. In this case, D could not have foreseen the loss of profits that might come as a result of his failure to deliver the faulty part on time and hence he was not liable (though this would not have been the case had P explained his special circumstances. 

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