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Robins Dry Dock & Repair Co. v. Flint

United States Supreme Court
275 U.S. 303 (1927)


Facts

Flint (plaintiff) chartered a boat from an ownership group (owners). One of the boat’s propellers broke and the owners hired Robins Dry Dock & Repair Co. (Robins) (defendant) to replace it. A Robins employee negligently dropped the new propeller during installation, meaning that another new propeller had to be made. This caused a two-week delay, during which Flint could not use the boat, causing him economic loss. Flint sued Robins to recover those losses. The trial court ruled in favor of Flint and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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