Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co [] 1 QB Emphasised the significance of offer and acceptance in contract law; distinguishes betw. The Plaintiff, believing Defendant’s advertisement that its product would prevent influenza, bought a Carbolic Smoke Ball and used it as directed from November. Sample case summary of Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co [] 2 QB Prepared by Claire Macken. Facts: • Carbolic Smoke Ball Co (def) promises in ad to.

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Then it is contended that it is not binding.

On a third request for her reward, they replied with an anonymous letter that if it is used properly the company had complete confidence in the smoke ball’s efficacy, but “to protect themselves against all fraudulent claims”, they would need her to come to their office to use the ball each day and be checked by the secretary. He follows on with essentially five points.

It is said, When are they to be used? How would an ordinary person reading this document construe it? Errington v Wood []. There are three possible limits of time to this contract. It was then said there was no person named in the advertisement with whom any contract was made.

I have some difficulty myself on that point; but it is not necessary for me to consider it further, because the disease here was contracted during the use of the carbolic smoke ball. Is it to go on for ever, or for what limit of time?

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Finlay, a mere statement by the defendants of the confidence they entertained in the efficacy of their remedy. Roe cunningly turned the whole lost case to his advantage. I think, more probably, it means that the smoke ball will be a protection while it is in use. The first point in this case is, whether the defendants’ advertisement which appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette was an offer which, when accepted and its conditions performed, constituted a promise to pay, assuming there was good consideration to uphold that promise, or whether it was only a puff from which no promise could be implied, or, as put by Mr.


I have nothing to add to what has been said on that subject, except that a person becomes a persona designata and able to sue, when he performs the conditions mentioned in the advertisement.

Asquith, went on to become Prime Minister of the United Cxrlill. Therefore, the advertisers get out of the use an advantage which is enough to constitute a consideration. It is only to be supported by reading it as an additional reason for thinking that they had not come into the relation of contracting parties; but, if so, the language was superfluous.

That is one suggestion; but it does not commend itself to me. Was the promise sufficiently definite and certain?

Similar regimes for product liability have developed around the world through statute f tort law since the early twentieth century, one of the leading cases being Donoghue v Stevenson.

It still binds the lower courts of England and Wales and is cited by judges with approval.

Leonard had sued Pepsi to get a fighter jet which had featured in a TV ad. But if it does not mean that, what does it mean? I, however, think that the true view, in a case of this kind, is that carilll person who makes the offer shews by his language and from the nature of the transaction that he does not expect and does not require notice of the acceptance apart from notice of the performance.


Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co.

It is said that the use of the ball is no advantage to them, and that what benefits carbolix is the sale; and the case is put that a lot of these balls might be stolen, and that it would be no advantage to the defendants if the thief or other people used them. I do not feel pressed by that. Nor had they exchanged goods, money or services between themselves.

He does, therefore, in carlilll offer impliedly indicate that he does not require notification of the acceptance of the offer. I cannot read the advertisement in any such way. Then it was said that there was no notification of the acceptance of the contract. Simpson suggests that the new management “had failed to grasp the fact that vigorous advertising was essential to success in the field of quack medicine.

It was intended unquestionably to have some effect, and I think the effect which it was intended to have, was to make people use the smoke ball, because the carboloc and allegations which it contains are directed immediately to the use of the smoke ball as distinct from the purchase of it.

You have only to look at the advertisement to dismiss that suggestion. The company argued it is not a serious contract. It is written in colloquial and popular language, and I think that it is equivalent to this:.