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Tour Costa Rica v. County Walkers, Inc.

Vermont Supreme Court
758 A.2d 795 (2000)


Facts

Country Walkers, Inc. (CW) (defendant) sold guided tours around the world. CW was owned by Robert Maynard and his wife. In 1994, CW was contacted by Tour Costa Rica (TCR) (plaintiff), which offered to design, arrange, and lead walking tours in Costa Rica. TCR was owned by Leigh Monahan and was a fairly new company at the time. TCR requested a two-year commitment from CW to justify developing the specialized tours. CW and TCR orally agreed for TCR to design, arrange, and lead tours in Costa Rica from 1995 to 1997. TCR designed the tour and scheduled CW tours through 1997. TCR’s limited resources meant that TCR could not conduct tours for anyone else during this time period. In August 1995, CW informed TCR that CW was cancelling all future tours and was going to work with a different company for tours in Costa Rica. TCR was forced to cancel arrangements that had already been made for 12 scheduled tours and was not able to obtain any additional tours for the 1995 tourist season due to the suddenness of CW’s cancellation. TCR sued CW for breach of contract and sought damages for the profits that TCR had anticipated from the cancelled CW tours. A jury granted judgment to TCR and awarded $22,520 in damages. CW appealed to the Vermont Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Skoglund, J.)

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