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Potter v. Hatter Farms, Inc.

Oregon Court of Appeals
641 P.2d 628 (1982)


Facts

In January 1979, Charles Potter on behalf of his family (plaintiffs), owners of a turkey hatchery, orally agreed to sell 192,000 turkey hatchlings known as “poults” to Hatter Farms, Inc. (Hatter) (defendant). The parties failed to reach agreement on transportation of the poults at that time. In June, the Potters rejected offers from others to buy the poults because of the deal with Hatter. The Potters informed Hatter of the other offers to which Hatter did not indicate any inclination to avoid the purchase. In August, Hatter told the Potters that it no longer had need for the poults. The Potters sued. They prevailed after a jury trial, and Hatter appealed.

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