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§ 1757-1759. General rule of a. Where there was Delay in Delis damages for breach of con
ery. tract - Hadley v. Baxen
$ 1790–1792. Measure of damages for dale.
delay. 1760. How the rule applies to sales. 1761. Loss of profits on resale con- 6. Where Title Fails in Whole or in tracted for.
Part. 1762. Resale not contemplated.
1793. Recovery of consideration. 1763-1765. Resale known to
1794. Damages for breach of warvendor.
ranty of title. 1766, 1767. Extent of knowl
1795. When right of action edge required - Particular price.
1796. What constitutes evic1768. Cost of procuring sub
1797. Warranty broken by in1769. Costs of defending ac
cumbrances. tion brought by sub-vendee.
1798. Evidence of eviction 1770. Summary of English
Judgment — Costs of suit.
1771-1776. Measure of damages. Where Goods Defective in Kind, where goods intended for
Quality or Condition, particular use.
1799. In general. 1777–1779. No damages for specula
1800. Caveat emptor. tive or remote losses. 1780. Pleading special damages.
1801. Express stipulation for re
turn or other remedy. 2. Where the Goods have been De- 1802, 1803. Rejection of goods livered.
1804. Rescission for fraud. 1781. Substantially same remedies 1805. Rescission of breach of war. as in preceding cases.
1806. In pursuance of agree II. WHERE THE TITLE HAS PASSED.
ment. 1782. In general.
1807. Waiver of special rem. 1. Where the Goods are not Delivered.
edy - Suit for breach of 1783. Specific performance of agree
1808. ment to deliver.
Option where law gives 1784. Action for damages for
right to rescind.
1809. Action for breach of warbreach of agreement to deliver.
ranty. 1785. Measure of damages.
1810. What form of action - Con1786. Trover Measure of dam.
tract or tort?
1811. Notice of defect - Offer to ages.
return. 1787, 1788. How when goods
Conditional warof fluctuating value
1812, 1813. Stocks, bonds, etc.
1814. Vendee not bound to antici2. Where the Goods have been Deliv
pate or search for defects ered.
1815. Who liable for breach of war. 1789. What questions arise.
ranty-Principal - Agent
$ 1816. Purchaser of draft with 1 & 1835. Buyer may recover for breach bill of lading attached.
of warranty though he has 1817, 1818. Measure of damages for
not paid the price. breach of warranty - In 1836. Or though he has paid general.
the price. 1819. Time.
1837. Or though he may have 1820. Place.
resold the goods. 1821. Measure of damages for 1838. Or though he may have breach of warranty when
made a profit on them. goods bought for special 1839. Remedies for deceit or fraud. purpose.
1840. Elements of fraud. 1822-1825. Damages for losses 1841. Reliance on representaincidental to use or purpose
1842. Representations must 1826. Expenses incurred.
have been proximate cause 1827, 1828. Gains prevented.
of injury. 1829-1831. Purely speculative 1843. Measure of damages. profits.
1844. Buyer may recoup damages 1832. Losses not contemplated.
in action by seller for the 1833. Measure of damages where
price. goods bought to be resold. 1845-1847. Defense of failure of 1834. Damages paid sub-vendee
consideration. for breach of same war- 1848–1850. Recovery as for failure ranty.
$ 1714. Purpose of this chapter.— Having now considered the remedies of which the seller may avail himself either against the goods or the buyer personally, or both, there remains only to be ascertained what are the remedies to which the buyer may have recourse against the seller. The range of. these remedies will necessarily be less wide than those of the seller, because the buyer cannot often be in a situation to seek remedies against the goods, but must usually confine himself to actions against the seller personally.
$ 1715. How subjects classified.— In dealing with the matter of the buyer's remedies, a classification substantially the same as that adopted in the preceding chapter may be found convenient. Thus there may be considered the remedies of the buyer I. Where the title has not passed, and
1. The goods have not been delivered, or
II. Where the title has passed, and
1. The chattel is not delivered, or
(a) There is delay in delivery, or
quality represented or warranted.
WHERE THE TITLE HAS NOT PASSED.
§ 1716, In general. The simplest form, perhaps, of the seller's breach of contract is that which is presented when, while the contract remains wholly executory, he fails or refuses to proceed with its performance. Uusually and naturally the goods will not have been delivered, but will still remain in the possession of the seller. He may, however, have gone so far as to deliver the goods in anticipation of the transfer of the title, as in the common case already considered of the conditional contract to sell, under which possession is transferred but title is retained until the price is paid; or the case in which the goods at the time of the contract were already in the possession of the buyer. Each of these general types may be considered separately.
1. Where the Goods have not been Delivered.
$ 1717. Seller's breach of contract to sell and convey.As has been stated in the preceding section, the simplest type of the seller's breach of his undertaking is the case in which he repudiates the contract while it remains wholly executory, and wrongfully fails or refuses to transfer the title and deliver possession to the buyer.
The ideal remedy for this state of things would, perhaps, seem to be some process or proceeding by which the seller could be specifically compelled to do the very thing which he agreed to do, to wit, to actually enforce specific performance
of his agreement to transfer the title and surrender the possession to the buyer.
Specific performance, however, as will be seen, is not always practicable nor usually necessary. If the buyer has paid the price in advance, there may be often strong reasons for such a remedy; but if the buyer has not paid in advance and still has the money in his pocket, he may usually go into the market and supply himself with like goods, perhaps with no loss, and usually with but little. In such a case a recovery of damages adequate to compensate for such a loss would furnish a complete and satisfactory remedy. There may, on the contrary, be cases in which like goods cannot be procured in the market, and in such event the recovery of damages does not furnish so satisfactory a remedy.
$ 1718. Specific performance not usually the remedy, As has been intimated above, specific performance of the contract to sell and convey a chattel will not usually be decreed.' As is said by Lord Justice Fry:2 “The court for the most part refuses to interfere in respect of chattels, both because damages are a sufficient remedy and because the price of such articles, especially of merchandise, varies so as often to render the specific
1 See Moulton v. Warren Mfg. Co. 55 N. E. R. 683; Ames v. Witbeck (1900), — Minn. - 83 N. W. R. 1082; (1899), 179 Ill. 458, 53 N. E. R. 969; Northern Trust Co. v. Markell (1895), Anderson v. Olsen (1900), 188 Ill. 502. 61 Minn. 271, 63 N. W. R. 735; Stein- 59 N. E. R. 239; Carolee v. Handelis meyer v. Siebert (1899), 190 Pa. St. (1897), 103 Ga. 299, 29 S. E. R. 935; 471, 42 Atl. R. 880, 70 Am. St. R. 641; Millirons v. Dillon (1897), 100 Ga. 656, Hissam v. Parrish (1896), 41 W. Va. 28 S. E. R. 385; Krouse v. Woodward 686, 24 S. E. R. 600, 56 Am. St. R. 892; (1895), 110 Cal. 638, 42 Pac. R. 1084; Manton v. Ray (1894), 18 R. I. 672, 29 Stuart v. Pennis (1895), 91 Va. 688, Atl. R. 998, 49 Am. St. R. 811; Eck- 22 S. E. R. 509; Electric Service Co. stein v. Downing (1886), 64 N. H. 248, v. Gill-Alexander Co. (1894), 125 Mo. 9 Atl. R. 626, 10 Am. St. R. 404; New 140, 28 S. W. R. 486; Rigg v. Reading, England Trust Co. v. Abbott (1894), etc. St. Ry. Co. (1899), 191 Pa. St. 298, 162 Mass. 148, 38 N. E. R. 432, 27 L. R. 43 Atl. R. 212; Lining v. Geddes d. 271; Williams v. Montgomery (1826), 1 McCord (S. C.), Eq. 304, 16 (1896), 148 N. Y. 519, 43 N. E. R. 57; Am. Dec, 606. Todd v. Diamond State Iron Co, 2 Fry on Specific Performance (3d (1889), 8 Houst. (Del.) 372, 14 Atl. R. Eng. ed., 1892), S 78. 27; Clark v. Truitt (1899), 183 III. 239,
execution of contracts for their sale and delivery an act of injustice, entailing perhaps ruin on one side, when upon an action that party might not have paid perhaps above a shilling damages. As these principles, however, do not apply to all cases of chattels, exceptions arise, which we shall now consider.”
$ 1719, - Where chattel is unique.—“When the chattel
in question is unique,” continues the same authority,' “when there is, over and above the market value, that which has been called the pretium affectionis, the court, whether the plaintiff's right has arisen from contract or not, has interfered and not left him to his common-law remedy. The leading case in this branch of the law is Pusey v. Pusey, in which the heir of the family of Pusey recovered possession by a bill in equity of the celebrated Pusey horn: the grounds of the decision are insufficiently reported, but the case turned,' to quote Lord Eldon's language in respect of it, “ upon the pretium affectionis independent of the circumstance as to tenure, which could not be estimated in damages.' This has been followed by other similar cases, one having relation to an ancient silver altarpiece, remarkable for a Greek inscription and dedication to Hercules; * another to a tobacco-box of a remarkable and peculiar kind;' another to masonic dresses and ornaments;6 and another to a very finely engraved cherry stone. These particular cases were suits grounded on tort or trust: but the same principle applies to cases of contract relating to chattels."
1 Fry on Specific Performance, ubi Lowther, 13 Ves. 95. A ship is probsupra, SS 79, 80.
ably within this principle. See Lynn 21 Vern. 273.
v. Chaters, 2 Ke. 521, and Claring3 In Nutbrown v. Thornton, 10 Ves. bould v. Curtis, 21 L J. Ch. 541: De 163.
Mattos v. Gibson, 4 De G. & J. 276." 4 Duke of Somerset v. Cookson, 3 7 “Per Lord Hardwicke in Pearne P. Wms. 390.
v. Lisle, Ambl. 75, in which case a 5 Fells v. Read, 3 Ves. 70.
specific delivery of negroes was 6 “ Lloyd v. Loaring, 6 Ves. 773. See prayed, but that is not necessary,' also Saville v. Tankred, 1 Ves. Sr. 101; said his lordship; 'others are as S. C., 3 Sw. 141, n.; Lady Arundell v. good.'” But in Young v. Burton Phipps, 10 Ves. 139; Lowther v. Lord (1841), 1 McMul. (S. C.) Eq. 255, this