Old cases with weird facts still define our law of contracts
May 25, 2006 11:30 AM Subscribe
Modern contract law, which frames and defines our modern economy, is shaped by old and rather mundane disputes. Consider some of the seminal cases: Hadley v. Baxendale
(1854); Hamer v. Sidway
(1891); Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Co.
(1892); Mills v. Wyman
(1825). These cases, while minor in their actual factual footprint, still shape the world of contracts over a century later. (more about the cases inside)