Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 19,800+ case briefs...

Fairchild Stratos Corp. v. Lear Siegler, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
337 F.2d 785 (1964)


The Hufford division of Lear Siegler, Inc. (Hufford) (defendant) contracted to make a sophisticated press machine for Fairchild Stratos Corporation (Fairchild) (plaintiff) to use in making pleasure-boat hulls. Unbeknownst to Hufford, Fairchild also contemplated other uses for the press. Hufford missed the July 1960 contractual deadline. When Hufford delivered the press in September 1960, the press did not work. Hufford promised to correct the problem by April 7, 1961. Fairchild did not hold Hufford to that date but set a final and absolute deadline of June 1, 1961. However, before that date arrived, Fairchild decided it could not use the press for other products, as previously contemplated, and privately decided to back out of the contract. When Hufford missed the June 1 deadline by a few days, Fairchild rescinded the contract and sued Hufford. The federal district court ruled that Hufford was in material breach of the contract as of June 1, 1961. The first part of the court’s award of damages covered Fairchild’s contract-related expenses. The second part allowed Fairchild to recover the expenses it paid to settle lawsuits filed by disappointed boat vendors. Hufford appealed to the Fourth Circuit.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Bell, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 506,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 506,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 19,800 briefs, keyed to 985 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial