Flureau v Thornhill: 1746

A person who contracts to purchase land, but where the title is, without collusion, defective cannot claim for his loss of bargain. ‘These contracts are merely upon condition, frequently expressed, but always implied, that the vendor has good title. If he has not, the return of the deposit with interest and costs, is all that can be expected.’ ‘Upon a contract for a purchase, if the title proves bad, and the vendor is, without fraud, incapable of making a good one, I do not think the pourchaser can be entitled to any damages for the fancied goodness of the bargain, which he supposes he has lost.’


Blackstone J, De Grey CJ


(1776) 2 Wm Bl 1078, 96 ER 635, [1746] EngR 175, (1746-1779) 2 Black W 1078, (1746) 96 ER 635



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Land, Contract, Damages

Updated: 16 May 2022; Ref: scu.183267