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.................................................................................................................................................. Notes and Questions Kent’s “country residence” was built in 1913 and 1914 for $77,000. Kent took up residence in June 1914, but did not complain about the plumbing until March 1915, when he learned that the pipe was stamped “Cohoes” instead of “Reading.” He told his architect to have it replaced.
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72           INSTRUCTOR’S MANUAL TO ACCOMPANY  BUSINESS LAW , ELEVENTH EDITION What might homeowners do in the future to avoid similar disappointments?  The court added that it was not  holding  that  “the  parties  are  not  free  by apt  and certain  words  to  effectuate  a purpose  that performance of every term shall be a condition of recovery. That question is not here. This is merely to say that the law will be slow to impute the purpose, in the silence of the parties, where the significance of the default is grievously out of proportion to the oppression of the forfeiture. The willful transgressor must accept the penalty of his transgression. For him there is no occasion to mitigate the rigor of implied conditions. The transgressor whose default is unintentional and trivial may hope for mercy if he will offer atonement for his wrong.” Thus, if the parties had made the uncompleted details the essence of the contract the homeowners may have been entitled to perfect performance (of course that was not the holding in this case).  Under that circumstance, however, might a court nevertheless rule as this court did, but on grounds that the costs of compliance would amount to “economic waste”? The New York Court of Appeals found that Jacob & Youngs had substantially performed the con- tract.   To what, if any, remedy was Kent entitled?  Kent was entitled to be compensated for the difference between the value of the “Reading manufacture” pipe specified in the contract and the pipe that was actually installed. A NSWER   TO  “T HE  L EGAL  E NVIRONMENT  D IMENSION Q UESTION   IN  C ASE  17.1 A requirement of substantial performance is good faith.  Do you think that Jacob & Youngs substantially performed all of the terms of the contract in good faith? Why or why not?  Probably.   The failure to fully perform the contract must not be willful.  The facts state that the failure was due to a subcontractor’s oversight.   The court seemed to believe that the oversight was a mistake and not intentional.” A DDITIONAL  C ASES  A DDRESSING   THIS  I SSUE  — Recent cases considering whether there had been  substantial performance  or a material breach of a contract include the following.
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