Victoria Laundry (Windsor) Ltd v Newman Industries Ltd

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Victoria Laundry (Windsor) Ltd v Newman Industries Ltd
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Court Court of Appeal
Citation(s) [1949] 2 KB 528
Case opinions
Asquith LJ

Victoria Laundry (Windsor) Ltd v Newman Industries Ltd [1949] 2 KB 528 is an English contract law case on the remoteness of damage principle.


Newman Industries Ltd was meant to deliver a boiler for Victoria Laundry (Windsor) Ltd. The delivery was five months late. As a result of not having enough laundry capacity, Victoria Laundry lost a lucrative cleaning contract from the Ministry of Supply. Victoria Laundry sued for the ordinary profit that it had forgone through not having the boiler on time. The question was whether it could also claim the extraordinary profit it would have made, had it been able to take advantage of the lucrative Ministry of Supply contract.


Asquith LJ in the Court of Appeal held that Newman Industries only had to compensate for the ordinary, not the extraordinary loss of profits. He distinguished (at p 543) losses from “particularly lucrative dyeing contracts” as a different type of loss which would only be recoverable if the defendant had sufficient knowledge of them to make it reasonable to attribute to him acceptance of liability for such losses. The vendor of the boilers would have regarded the profits on these contracts as a different and higher form of risk than the general risk of loss of profits by the laundry.

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