Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co [] 1 QB advertisement offer not invitation to treat. 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. The Chimbuto Smoke Ball Company made a product called the “smoke ball” which claimed to be a cure for influenza and a number of other diseases.

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The answer to that argument seems to me to be that if a person chooses to make extravagant promises of this kind he probably does so because it pays him to make them, and, if he has made them, the extravagance of the promises is no reason in law why he should not be bound by them. Louisa Carlill, however, lived until she was balk It appears to me, therefore, that the defendants must perform their promise, and, if they have been so unwary as to expose themselves to a great many actions, so much the worse for them.

Cashing in “Pepsi Points” could certainly mean various prizes, but the fighter jet thing was really a joke. The ball can be refilled at a cost of 5s.

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I cannot read the advertisement in any such way. If he gets notice of the acceptance before his offer is revoked, that in cwrlill is all you want.

The advert was a sales puff and lacked intent to be an offer.

It was held that Mr. The defendants contend next, that it is an offer the terms of which are too vague to be treated as a definite offer, inasmuch as there is no limit of time fixed for the catching of the influenza, and it cannot be supposed that the advertisers seriously meant to promise to pay money to every person who catches the influenza at any time after the inhaling of the smoke ball.

Barry v Davies []. 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. There could be at most only a few claimants for this, but there is no limit on the number of those who may catch influenza.

Fourth, he says that communication is not necessary to accept the terms of an offer; conduct is and should be sufficient. The case remains good law.

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John saw the advertisement, bought one of the balls and used it three times daily for nearly two months until she contracted the flu on 17 January Therefore, it cannot be said that the statement that l. Businesses are expected to collectively regulate one another by drawing up Codes of Practice and have mechanisms for enforcement before tort or criminal law does.

Did the plaintiff perform some action in exchange for the promise? I am of opinion, therefore, that there is ample consideration for the promise. Was the promise sufficiently definite and certain? Why, of course, they at once look after the dog, and as soon as they find the dog they have performed the condition.

Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co.

Roe cunningly turned the whole lost case to his advantage. Carlill is frequently discussed as an introductory contract case, and may often be the first legal case a law student studies in the law of contract. English contract case law English agreement case law English enforceability case law English consideration case law Lord Lindley cases Court of Appeal of England and Wales cases in British law in case law.

The tube would be inserted into a user’s nose and squeezed at the bottom to release the vapours. In the next place, it was said that the promise was too wide, because there is no limit of time within which the person has to catch the epidemic.

It is notable for its curious subject matter and how the influential judges particularly Lindley LJ and Bowen LJ developed the law in inventive ways.

Was the promise accepted by the plaintiff? The company argued it was not a serious contract. carilll

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Bowen LJ ‘s opinion was more tightly structured in style and is frequently cited. Was it a mere puff? The Chimbuto Smoke Ball Company made a product called the “smoke ball” which claimed to be a cure for influenza and a number of other diseases.

Finlay, a varbolic statement by the defendants of the confidence they entertained in the efficacy of their remedy.

The barristers representing her argued that the advertisement and her reliance on it was a contract between the company and her, so the company ought to pay. Soulsbury v Soulsbury [] Fam 1, 49 Bailii ; Longmore LJ applied the concept of unilateral contract in his judgement: One cannot doubt that, as an ordinary rule of law, an acceptance of an offer made ought to be notified to the person who makes the offer, in order that the two minds may come together.


It seems to me that from the point of view of common sense no other idea could be entertained. 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.

Third, he said that although an offer was made to the whole world, the contract was not with the whole world. Whichever is the true construction, there is sufficient limit of time so as not to make the contract too vague on that account. Then we were pressed with Gerhard v Bates. If that is the meaning, the plaintiff is right, for she used the remedy for two weeks and went on using it till she got the epidemic.

Under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations [13] secondary legislationpassed under the European Communities Actregulation 5 states that a commercial practice is misleading That is one suggestion; but it does not commend itself to me. Lindley LJ gave the first judgment on it, after running through the facts again. 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.

Roe himself died at the age of 57 on June 3, of tuberculosis and valvular heart disease.

He makes short shrift of the insurance and wagering contract arguments that were dealt with in the Queen’s Bench. John brought a claim to court. Thus it seemed very peculiar to say that there had been any sort of agreement between Mrs.

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He differed slightly from Lindley LJ on what time period one could contract flu and still have a claim Lindley LJ said a “reasonable time” after use, while Bowen LJ said “while the smoke ball is used”but this was not a crucial point, because the fact was that Mrs. Wikisource has original text related to this article: He points out that nobody knew what the flu actually was yet, nor how to prevent or cure it.

Leonard could not get the fighter jet, because the advertisement was not serious.

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