Sherwood v. Walker
|Sherwood v. Walker|
|Court||Michigan Supreme Court|
|Date decided||July 7, 1887|
Hiram Walker, the founder of Canadian Club whisky, moved out of Massachusetts at age 22.
Walker was also a dairy farmer & raised a cow named "Rose II of Aberlone." Thinking that his cow was infertile & couldn't produce milk, Walker sold his cow to Mr. Sherwood.
Sherwood also thought the cow was barren & planned to slaughter her for beef.En route to deliver the cow from Walker to Sherwood, it turned out that Rose had become pregnant.
Since Walker refused to deliver Rose, Sherwood sued seeking an order of replevin (an action for the re-possession of personal property wrongfully detained by Walker).Sherwood won.
At the time,a barren cow is worth $80 while a fertile cow was about $800.
There may be 2 types of mutual mistakes:
- regarding the quality of an item
- regarding the substance of the agreement.