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Internatio-Rotterdam, Inc. v. River Brand Rice Mills, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
259 F.2d 137 (1958)


River Brand Rice Mills, Inc. (River) (defendant) contracted with Internatio-Rotterdam, Inc. (IRI) (plaintiff) to deliver 95,600 units of rice to ports in Lake Charles and/or Houston in December 1952. IRI was to provide River with specific shipment instructions for each port two weeks prior to delivery of the rice. While instructions were provided to River for the Lake Charles shipments, and River promptly made those shipments, IRI still had not provided instructions for the Houston shipments as of December 17, 1952. Since December 17 was the last date on which River could receive instructions and complete the shipments within the timeframe of the contract (i.e. December 1952), River rescinded the contract for the Houston shipments on December 18, 1952. River, however, continued to make the Lake Charles shipments for which it had received instructions. Around this time, the price of rice had risen well above the contract price. IRI sued River for breach alleging that its failure to provide instructions by December 17 did not constitute a breach, but merely extended the time for delivery beyond December 31 to two weeks from when the instructions were provided. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the complaint, and IRI appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Hincks, J.)

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