Frigaliment Importing Co. v. B.N.S. Intern. Sales Corp.

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Frigaliment Importing Co. v. B.N.S. Intern. Sales Corp.
Court U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
Citation 190 F. Supp. 116 (S.D.N.Y. 1960)
Date decided December 27, 1960
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Facts

Plaintiff and Defendant contracted that Defendant would sell 100,000 lbs. of chicken to Plaintiff. When the shipment arrived, Plaintiff complained that the chicken sent were not young chicken, suitable for frying and broiling, but old "fowl," only suitable for stew.

Issues

Is the contract enforceable, even though the two parties were thinking different things?

Holding

Yes, contract is still enforceable.

Judgment

For the defendant.

Reasons

Defendant was acting in good faith, it sent chickens, which is what the contract called for. Plaintiff had the burden of showing that "chicken" was used in the narrower sense, and did not meet that burden. Thus, subjective intent should be ignored.

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