400. Hadley v Baxendale (1854) 9 Ex. 341

Extent of damages claimable for breach of contract – founding principle

The Facts

Millers contracted with carriers to transport a broken crankshaft to the manufacturers to serve as a template for a new one.  The carriers were told that the mill had stopped and that haste was required.

Delivery of the new shaft was delayed by neglect of the carriers.

Millers claimed for loss of profits for the period of delay.

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