What happened in the case, Readsboro v. Hoosac Tunnel?
- i. Town of Readsboro v. Hoosac Tunnel (1925). Δ RR Co. was only responsible for leaving the bridge in as good condition as when initially built because it no longer served its contractual purpose, i.e. supporting rail transport (p.3).
- Since plain terms did not address the issue, the court looked to circumstances to determine what parties intended the duration of contract to be.
- By looking to the circumstances, the Court determined the purpose of the contract and, having arrived at that purpose, used it as a standard by which to resolve the conflict.
- Is purpose the same as intent?
- It is hard to tell in this case whether Judge Hand was focusing more on parties’ intent or his own sense of justice. Criteria in this case are not totally clear.
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