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Unformatted text preview: ut because the market price at the time of harvesting was $90 per ton for these rare carrots,
the Wentzes refused to deliver them to Campbell and sold 62 tons of their carrots to a farmer who sold
some of those carrots to Campbell. Campbell sued the Wentzes, asking for the court’s order to stop
further sale of the contracted carrots to others and to compel specific performance of the contract. The
trial court ruled for the Wentzes and Campbell appealed.
Issues: Is specific performance an appropriate legal remedy in this case or is the contract unconscionable?
Discussion: In January 1948, it was virtually impossible to obtain Chantenay carrots in the open market. Campbell used Chantenay carrots (which are easier to process for soup making than other carrots)
in large quantities and furnishes the seeds to farmers with whom it contracts. Campbell contracted for
carrots long ahead, and farmers entered into the contract willingly. If the facts of this case were this
simple, specific performance should have been granted.
However, the problem is with the contract itself, which was one-sided. According to the appellate court,
the most direct example of unconscionability was the provision that, under certain circumstances,
Campbell may reject carrots, but farmers cannot sell them anywhere without Campbell’s permission.
Though the contract was legal, it was wrong for Campbell to ask for the court’s help in enforcing this
unconscionable bargain (one that “shocks the conscience of the court”). The court said that the sum of
the contract’s provisions “drives too hard a bargain for a court of conscience to assist.”
Holding: The judgment of the trial court in favor of the farmers is affirmed.
Questions for Discussion
5. rog80328_06_c06_111-133.indd 130 What were the terms of the contract between Campbell and the Wentzes?
Did the Wentzes perform under the contract?
Did the court find specific performance to be an adequate legal remedy in this case?
Why did th...
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/09/2014 for the course BUS 311 taught by Professor Parker during the Spring '10 term at Ashford University.
- Spring '10
- Business Law