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Morse v. Hutchins
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
102 Mass. 439 (1869)
Morse (plaintiff) successfully sued Hutchins (defendant) for breach of contract and tortious deceit in regard to Morse’s purchase of Hutchins’s interest in a business. The trial court found for Hutchins on the contract charge and for Morse on the tort charge. The trial judge instructed the jury that the measure of Morse’s damages for tort was the difference between the actual value of Hutchins’s interest at the time of Morse’s purchase and the property’s value if it had been what Hutchins represented it to be. Hutchins appealed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which addressed the propriety of the trial judge’s instruction on damages.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Gray, J.)
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