Senate Electrical Wholesalers Ltd v Alcatel Submarine Networks Ltd (Formerly STC Submarine Systems Ltd): CA 22 Jun 1998

Where damages were to be awarded for breach of warranty on sale of goodwill, an assessment according to a price earnings ratio was appropriate only if used in the contract or agreed as appropriate by the experts. In the context of a notice clause in a Share Sale Agreement requiring notice to set out ‘such particulars of the grounds on which such claim is based as are then known to the Purchaser promptly . . and in any event within 18 months’, the court held that ‘The clear commercial purpose of the clause includes that the vendors should know . . in sufficiently formal written terms that a particularised claim for breach of warranty is to be made so that they may take such steps as are available to them to deal with it . . The commercial purpose may not be sensibly served if an uninformed and uninformative notice is given.’
Stuart-Smith LJ
Times 26-Jun-1998, [1999] 2 Lloyd’s Reports 243, [1998] EWCA Civ 3534
England and Wales
DistinguishedLion Nathan Limited and others v C C Bottlers Limited and others PC 14-May-1996
(New Zealand) A company was sold with a warranty that the sales figures would meet projected earnings. The purchaser successfully complained after the event that the figures were false and misleading. They appealed an order increasing the damages on . .
See alsoSenate Electrical Wholesalers Ltd v Alcatel Submarine Networks Ltd (Formerly STC Submarine Systems Ltd) CA 20-Dec-1996
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Updated: 05 May 2021; Ref: scu.89169