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Coggs v. Bernard

King’s Bench
92 Eng. Rep. 107 (K.B. 1703)


Facts

Bernard (defendant) promised Coggs (plaintiff) that he would move several barrels of brandy, which were owned by Coggs, to another room in Coggs’ cellar. The promise was gratuitous in that no consideration was exchanged between the parties. In moving the barrels, Bernard was negligent and caused several of the barrels to spill open and lose a large amount of brandy. Coggs brought suit against Bernard, but the trial court granted judgment for Coggs. Bernard appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Holt, C.J.)

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