Mann Chemical Laboratories, Inc. v. United States

182 F. Supp. 40 (1960)

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Mann Chemical Laboratories, Inc. v. United States

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
182 F. Supp. 40 (1960)

  • Written by Liz Nakamura, JD

Facts

Mann Chemical Laboratories, Inc. (Mann) (plaintiff) entered into a contract with the federal government (defendant) to manufacture and deliver water purification tablets for military use. When Mann delivered the tablets, the ordinarily white tablets were covered with brown spots, which Mann represented were caused by excessive moisture and not by impurities. Despite Mann’s assurances, the government refused to accept the tablets until it conducted an independent analysis of the tablets’ purity. The independent analysis, which took some time to complete, indicated that the tablets were acceptable. Based on the independent analysis results, the government issued shipping and delivery instructions to Mann. Delivery was made several months after the delivery date listed in the contract. Mann petitioned the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (Board), seeking breach-of-contract damages for the government’s failure to accept the tablets as and when delivered. The Board denied Mann’s claim, holding that the government’s delay was not unreasonable. Mann appealed to the district court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sweeney, C.J.)

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