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Pasley v. Freeman

King’s Bench
100 Eng. Rep. 450 (K.B. 1789)


John Pasley (plaintiff) consulted Joseph Freeman (defendant) about the financial condition of John Christoper Falch before Pasley agreed to sell to Falch a number of goods on credit. Pasley inquired about Falch’s credit history to determine if he was a credit risk. Freeman gave Pasley a favorable view of Falch, and Pasley proceeded with selling goods to Falch on credit. When Falch defaulted, Pasley sued Freeman for the value of the goods on the ground that Freeman knowingly misrepresented Falch’s credit risk. The court entered judgment in favor of Pasley, and Freeman made a motion in arrest of judgment.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Kenyon, C.J.)

Dissent (Butler, J.)

Dissent (Grose, J.)

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