macpherson v buick 217 ny 382 1916

There seems to have been a [*393] return to the doctrine of Winterbottom v. Wright in Earl v. Lubbock (L. R. [1905] 1 K. B. Donald C. MacPherson, Respondent, v Buick … Div. From these cases a consistent principle is with difficulty extracted. A perusal of the opinion in that case and in the Huset case will disclose how uniformly the courts throughout this country have adhered to the rule and how consistently they have refused to broaden the scope of the exceptions. macpherson v. buick motor co. Ct. of App. 404, and cases there cited). While the plaintiff was in the car, it suddenly collapsed. [*401] A few cases decided since his opinion was written, however, may be noticed. We held that the manufacturer was liable. The defendant knew the danger. There must be knowledge of a danger, not merely possible, but probable. 1050, L.R.A. In 1916 the leading modern case of MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. ], § 117); but it must be confined to its special facts. The manufacturer could not avoid liability based upon the fact that it purchased the wheels from a reputable manufacturer, because it had a duty to inspect the car, which it failed to do. 1050, expanded the classification of "inherently dangerous" products and thereby effectively eliminated the requirement of privity—a contractual relationship between the parties in cases that involve defective products that cause personal injury. Get MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 111 N.E. The exceptions to this general rule which have thus far been recognized in New York are cases in which the article sold was of such a character that danger to life or limb was involved in the ordinary use thereof; in other words, where the article sold was inherently dangerous. Because the danger is to be foreseen, there is a duty to avoid the injury. Rep. 865) in an opinion which reviews all the leading American and English decisions on the subject up to the time when it was rendered (1903). All Rights Reserved Co. v. Mulholland, L. R. [1898] A. C. 216, 227; Indermaur v. Dames, L. R. [1 C. P.] 274). (14 Mar, 1916) 14 Mar, 1916; Subsequent References; Similar Judgments; MACPHERSON v. BUICK MOTOR CO. 217 N.Y. 382 111 N.E. 1050, Am.Ann.Cas. 470). From Devlin v. Smith we pass over intermediate cases and turn to the latest case in this court in which Thomas v. Winchester was followed. The law does not lead us to so inconsequent a conclusion. We have put the source of the obligation where it ought to be. The druggist in good faith used the poison in filling a prescription calling for the harmless dandelion extract and the plaintiff for whom the prescription was put up was poisoned by the [*398] belladonna. 482; Hayes v. Hyde Park, 153 Mass. The contractor was held liable. * Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland. The foundations of this branch of the law, at least in this state, were laid in Thomas v. Winchester (6 N. Y. It sold an automobile to a retail dealer. Buick Motor Company, Court of Appeals of the State of New York, March 14, 1916, MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co ., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. I have examined the cases to which Judge SANBORN refers, but if I were to discuss them at length I should be forced merely to paraphrase his language, as a study of the authorities he cites has led me to the same conclusion; and the repetition of what has already been so well said would contribute nothing to the advantage of the bench, the bar or the individual litigants whose case is before us. We are not required at this time either to approve or to disapprove the application of the rule that was made in these cases. 1050 (N.Y. 1916), Court of Appeals of New York, case facts, key issues, and holdings and reasonings online today. Some of the illustrations might be rejected to-day. More light on the dramatis personae: Rodger, References: (1916) 217 NY 382 Judges: Cardozo J This case cites: Cited – Thomas v Winchester 1852 (New York) A chemist carelessly issued poison in answer to a request for a harmless drug, and he was held responsible to a third party injured by his neglect. 1050, 217 N.Y. 382 In Burke v. Ireland (26 App. There was [*396] no allegation or proof of any actual knowledge of the defect on the part of the defendant or any suggestion that any element of fraud or deceit or misrepresentation entered into the sale. 1050 (1916) is a famous New York Court of Appeals opinion by Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo which removed the requirement of privity of contract for duty in negligence actions. DONALD C. MACPHERSON, Respondent, v. BUICK MOTOR COMPANY, Appellant. The state trial and intermediate appellate courts found for the plaintiff, and the defendant appealed to the Court of Appeals, the highest court of New York. Unless its wheels were sound and strong, injury was almost certain. Defendant's Buick division did not fabricate the part that failed. 217 N.Y. 382. Buick Motor Co., 217 NY 382 (111 N.E. The particular component was a product of a supplier, Chicago Rawhide Company, and it had been assembled into the cylinder assembly by another supplier, Kelsey Hayes Wheel Company. That case, like this, was an action by a subvendee against a manufacturer of automobiles for negligence in failing to discover that one of its wheels was defective, the court holding that such an action could not be maintained. The dealer was indeed the one person of whom it might be said with some approach to certainty that by him the car would not be used. We hold, then, that the principle of Thomas v. Winchester is not limited to poisons, explosives, and things of like nature, to things which in their normal operation are implements of destruction. It is true that the court told the jury that "an automobile is not an inherently dangerous vehicle." The automobile was being prudently operated at the time of the accident and was moving at a speed of only eight miles an hour. Case Information. Its nature gives warni… If danger was to be expected as reasonably certain, there was a duty of vigilance, and this whether you call the danger inherent or imminent. MacPherson v. Buick Motor co., L.R.A. It was put upon the ground that the risk of injury was too remote. 1050 (1916) is the famous New York Court of Appeals opinion by Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo which removed privity from duty in negligence actions. Lord ESHER points out in Heaven v. Pender (supra, at p. 513) that the form of the declaration was subject to criticism. A famous 1916 New York Court of Appeals decision, MacPherson v.Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. 397, 408), which, however, involved an exception to the general rule. A motor-car might reasonably be regarded as a dangerous article: ‘There is no claim that the defendant know of … That case is Statler v. Ray Mfg. . Cases were cited by way of illustration in which manufacturers were not subject to any duty irrespective of contract. Argued January 24, 1916 Decided March 14, 1916 MacPherson v. Buick MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. Court of Appeals of New York 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. Div. The manufacturer who sells the automobile to the retail dealer invites the dealer's customers to use it. Co. (183 N. Y. We have put its source in the law. Jacob & Youngs, Inc. v Kent: 230 NY 239: 1921: Kilberg v Northeast Airlines: 9 NY2d 34: 1961: King v Talbot: 40 NY 76: 1869: Lanza v Wagner: 11 NY2d 317: 1962: Latham v Father Divine: 299 NY 22: 1949: Lawrence v Fox: 20 NY 268: 1859: Licari v Elliott: 57 NY2d 230: 1982: MacPherson v Buick Motor Co. 217 NY 382: 1916: Maines v Cronomer Val. It was not at liberty to put the finished product on the market without subjecting the component parts to ordinary and simple tests (Richmond & Danville R. R. Co. v. Elliott, 149 U. S. 266, 272). The defendant argues that things imminently dangerous to life are poisons, explosives, deadly weapons—things whose normal function it is to injure or destroy. 478, 480). 55, affirmed. There the defendant, who was a dealer in medicines, sold to a druggist a quantity of belladonna, which is a deadly poison, negligently labeled as extract of dandelion. This article is an edited version of a Lecture delivered on 15 October 2015 for the Selden Society, Australian Chapter, at the Banco Court, Supreme Court of Queensland. and its Licensors It was the case of a defect in a small balance wheel used on a circular saw. If to the element of danger there is added knowledge that the thing will be used by persons other than the purchaser, and used without new tests, then, irrespective of contract, the manufacturer of this thing of danger is under a duty to make it carefully. Indeed, Judge SANBORN concedes that his view is not to be reconciled with our decision in Devlin v. Smith (supra). Ciò, verosimilmente, sulla scorta di una precedente opinione del Giudice Cardozo, resa nel caso MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. From this survey of the decisions, there thus emerges a definition of the duty of a manufacturer which enables us to measure this defendant's liability. Sally H. Clarke is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Argued January 24, 1916. MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 160 App. It was again cited and followed in Dominion Natural Gas Co. v. Collins (L. R. [1909] A. C. 640, 646). MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. Buick Motor Co. , 217 N.Y. 382 ( 1916 ) Menu: lead; dissent; The defendant is a manufacturer of automobiles. The effect of MacPherson on the House of Lords is discussed by Rodgers, “Lord Macmillan’s Speech in DonoghuevStevenson” (1992) 108 LQR 236. It was a manufacturer of automobiles. In the case at bar the defective wheel on an automobile moving only eight miles an hour was not any more dangerous to the occupants of the car than a similarly defective wheel would be to the occupants of a carriage drawn by a horse at the same speed; and yet unless the courts have been all wrong on this question up to the present time there would be no liability to strangers to the original sale in the case of the horse-drawn carriage. 1050 (N.Y. 1916), Supreme Court Library at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York (hereafter Records and Briefs for MacPherson ). . In that case, however, as in the earlier one, the defendant was not the manufacturer. A poison falsely labeled is likely to injure any one who gets it. Co. (195 N. Y. H. R. Moch Co. v. Rensselaer Water Co. Case Brief | 4 Law School; More Info. H. R. Moch Co. v. Rensselaer Water Co. Case Brief | 4 Law School; More Info. March 14, 1916. The retail dealer resold to the plaintiff. We are dealing now with the liability of the manufacturer of the finished product, who puts it on the market to be used without inspection by his customers. CITE TITLE AS: MacPherson v Buick Motor Co. Motor vehicles Negligence ---Injury by defective wheel ---Liab-ility of manufacturer -- … 1050 (1916), che tuttavia iniziò a fare "stato", negli S.U., solo a seguito della sentenza Henningsen v. Bloomfield, del 1960. MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. Since MacPherson v.Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. The coach broke down and upset, injuring the driver, who sought to recover against the contractor on account of its defective construction. Home » Case Briefs Bank » Torts » Donald C. MacPherson v. Buick Motor Company Case Brief. 281, 283). Precedents drawn from the days of travel by stage coach do not fit the conditions of travel to-day. Rep. 865, at p. 867). 8 MacPherson v Buick Motor Co, 217 NY 382; 111 NE 1050 (CANY 1916). For the reasons that follow, we conclude that where a medical provider has administered to a patient medication that impairs or could impair the patient’s ability to safely operate an … Loop v. Litchfield (42 N. Y. 1050 (1916) is a famous New York Court of Appeals opinion by Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo which removed the requirement of privity of contract for duty in negligence actions. Its nature gives warning of the consequences to be expected. 363) to a contractor who furnished a defective rope with knowledge of the purpose for which the rope was to be used. The manufacturer knew that his own test was not the final one. The present suit is an action for negligence brought by the subvendee of the motor car against the manufacturer as the original vendor. But the rule has received a like extension in our courts of intermediate appeal. The absence of such liability was the very point actually decided in the English case of Winterbottom v. Wright (supra), and the illustration quoted from the opinion of Chief Judge RUGGLES in Thomas v. Winchester (supra) assumes that the law on the subject was so plain that the statement would be accepted almost as a matter of course. I have already discussed the leading New York cases, but as to the rest I feel that I can add nothing to the learning of that opinion or the cogency of its reasoning. Davis L. Rev. He had merely made a contract to keep the van in repair. We find in the opinion of BRETT, M. R., afterwards Lord ESHER (p. 510), the same conception of a duty, irrespective of contract, imposed upon the manufacturer by the law itself: "Whenever one person supplies goods, or machinery, or the like, for the purpose of their being used by another person under such circumstances that every one of ordinary sense would, if he thought, recognize at once that unless he used ordinary care and skill with regard to the condition of the thing supplied or the mode of supplying it, there will be danger of injury to the person or property of him for whose use the thing is supplied, and who is to use it, a duty arises to use ordinary care and skill as to the condition or manner of supplying such thing." It has heretofore been held in this state that the liability of the vendor of a manufactured article for negligence arising out of the existence of defects therein does not extend to strangers injured in consequence of such defects but is confined to the immediate vendee. The more probable the danger, the greater the need of caution. I do not see how we can uphold the judgment in the [*400] present case without overruling what has been so often said by this court and other courts of like authority in reference to the absence of any liability for negligence on the part of the original vendor of an ordinary carriage to any one except his immediate vendee. 1916C, 440 [81 191 [101 Products Liability Automobiles 313A Products Liability 313AII Elements and Concepts 313Ak145 Inspection or test (Formerly 313Ak36, 48AkI 6) 313A Products Liability 313AIII Particular Products 313Ak202 Automobiles [clarification needed] 253). As has already been pointed out, the learned trial judge instructed the jury that an automobile is not an inherently dangerous vehicle. A year later a very similar case came before the Court of Appeal in England (Heaven v. Pender, L. R. [11 Q. Whether a given thing is dangerous may be sometimes a question for the court and sometimes a question for the jury. MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 160 App. He knew that it was to be used by the workmen. The court rejected this argument, reasoning that if a product when negligently made poses a danger of personal injury, then the product is "a thing of danger," since injury is a foreseeable consequence of its use. MacPherson v. Buick, 217 N.Y. 382 (1916). Court of Appeals of New York. The rule upon which, in my judgment, the determination of this case depends, and the recognized exceptions thereto, were discussed by Circuit Judge SANBORN of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals in the Eighth Circuit, in Huset v. J. I. It may be that Devlin v. Smith and Statler v. Ray Mfg. 1916F, 696 (1916) 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. Macpherson v. Buick Motor Co.: A famous 1916 New York Court of Appeals decision, MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. , 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. That decision has been criticised (Thompson on Negligence, 233; Shearman & Redfield on Negligence [6th ed. Jacob & Youngs, Inc. v Kent: 230 NY 239: 1921: Kilberg v Northeast Airlines: 9 NY2d 34: 1961: King v Talbot: 40 NY 76: 1869: Lanza v Wagner: 11 NY2d 317: 1962: Latham v Father Divine: 299 NY 22: 1949: Lawrence v Fox: 20 NY 268: 1859: Licari v Elliott: 57 NY2d 230: 1982: MacPherson v Buick Motor Co. 217 NY 382: 1916: Maines v Cronomer Val. That is not enough to charge the manufacturer with a duty independent of his contract. 1050 (1916) Cardozo, J. Beyond all question, the nature of an automobile gives warning of probable danger if its construction is defective. January 7, 1914. 1050 (1916) NATURE OF THE CASE: Buick (D) appealed from a judgment which affirmed a judgment holding D liable for negligently failing to inspect a car that was bought by MacPherson (P). Cardozo J’s judgment in MacPherson v Buick Motor Company;6 and • the simplicity and persuasiveness of his writing style. MacPherson v. Buick Motor Company Court of Appeals of New York 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. The defendant is a manufacturer of automobiles. We may find an analogy in the law which measures the liability of landlords. many cases, including MacPherson v. Buick Motor Company.6 Schuylkill Fuel Corp. v. Nieberg Realty Corp. 7 and Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad.8 Also he was na­ tionally recognized for his theories on the judicial process which were presented in a series of lectures at the Yale Law School in 1921 and Case Threshing Machine Co. (120 Fed. The plaintiff was injured in consequence of the collapse of a wheel of an automobile manufactured by the defendant corporation which sold it to a firm of automobile dealers in Schenectady, who in turn sold the car to the plaintiff. 3. The Court of Exchequer denied him any right of recovery on the ground that there was no privity of contract between the parties, the agreement having been made with the postmaster-general alone. 1050, 1051, 1053 (1916). Torts ... Popular Pages. Answer to MacPherson v. Buick Motor CompanyCourt of Appeals of New York217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. HISCOCK, CHASE and CUDDEBACK, JJ., concur with CARDOZO, J., and HOGAN, J., concurs in result; WILLARD BARTLETT, Ch. Page 382. Div. MACPHERSON V. BUICK MOTOR CO.A famous 1916 New York Court of Appeals decision, MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. Chief Judge RUGGLES, who delivered the opinion of the court, distinguished between an act of negligence imminently dangerous to the lives of others and one that is not so, saying: "If A. build a wagon and sell it to B., who sells it to C. and C. hires it to D., who in consequence of the gross negligence of A. in building the wagon is overturned and injured, D. cannot recover damages against A., the builder. There is nothing anomalous in a rule which imposes upon A, who has contracted with B, a duty to C and D and others according as he knows or does not know that the subject-matter of the contract is intended for their use. [*382] Donald C. MacPherson, Respondent, v Buick Motor Company, Appellant. Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Third Department. ], § 134; Leeds v. N. Y. Tel. * * * So, for the same reason, if a horse be defectively shod by a smith, and a person hiring the horse from the owner is thrown and injured in consequence of the smith's negligence in shoeing; the smith is not liable for the injury.". Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationFree Legal Encyclopedia: Load Lines to Market value, Copyright © 2020 Web Solutions LLC. It may not be an accurate exposition of the law of England. Terms of Use, Law Library - American Law and Legal Information. CITE TITLE AS: MacPherson v Buick Motor Co. Motor vehicles Negligence ---Injury by defective wheel ---Liab-ility of manufacturer -- … We leave that question open. As Cardozo said in MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. , 217 NY 382, 391, “the principle that the danger must be imminent does not change, but the things subject to the principle do change. We do not say that the court would not have been justified in ruling as a matter of law that the car was a dangerous thing. It knew also that the car would be used by persons other than the buyer. There is evidence, however, that its defects could have been discovered by reasonable inspection, and that inspection was omitted. "If the plaintiff can sue," said Lord ABINGER, the Chief Baron, "every passenger or even any person passing along the road, who was injured by the upsetting of the coach, might bring a similar action. 1916C, 440 [81 191 [101 Products Liability Automobiles 313A Products Liability 313AII Elements and Concepts 313Ak145 Inspection or test (Formerly 313Ak36, 48AkI 6) 313A Products Liability 313AIII Particular Products 313Ak202 Automobiles If the nature of a thing is such that it is reasonably certain to place life and limb in peril when negligently made, it is then a thing of danger. It was held that the manufacturer was not answerable to the lessee. B. D.] 503). View Notes - MacPherson v. Buick Motor, 217 N.Y. 382 _1916_ Fall 2011 from LAW 101 at New York University. Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Third Department. macpherson v. buick motor co. Ct. of App. 487), in an opinion by CULLEN, J., it was applied to a builder who constructed a defective building; in Kahner v. Otis Elevator Co. (96 App. require them to be" (MacPherson v Buick Motor Co., 217 NY 382, 391 [1916]). It was held that the defendant was under a duty 'not to be guilty of negligence with regard to the state and condition of the truck.' If A leases to B a tumbledown house he is not liable, in the absence of fraud, to B's guests who enter it and are injured. The defendant, a contractor, built a scaffold for a painter. He was thrown out and injured. 's obligation to build the wagon faithfully, arises solely out of his contract with B. Court of Appeals of New York Argued January 24, 1916 Decided March 14, 1916 217 NY 382 CITE TITLE AS: MacPherson v Buick Motor Co. [*384] OPINION OF THE COURT CARDOZO, J. 55, affirmed. 1050, expanded the classification of "inherently dangerous" products and thereby effectively eliminated the requirement of privity—a contractual relationship between the parties in cases that involve defective products that cause personal injury. In reaching this conclusion, we do not ignore the decisions to the contrary in other jurisdictions. ", The doctrine of that decision was recognized as the law of this state by the leading New York case of Thomas v. Winchester (6 N. Y. DONALD C. MACPHERSON, Respondent, v. BUICK MOTOR COMPANY, Appellant. 9 Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562. The making of tools was not the business in which the master was engaged. The court held that he was not liable for injuries to a passenger. The late Chief Justice COOLEY of Michigan, one of the most learned and accurate of American law writers, [*397] states the general rule thus: "The general rule is that a contractor, manufacturer, vendor or furnisher of an article is not liable to third parties who have no contractual relations with him for negligence in the construction, manufacture or sale of such article." MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. The customer recovered damages from the seller who affixed the label. 217 N.Y. 382. Building it for their use, he owed them a duty, irrespective of his contract with their master, to build it with care. The sale was made to a druggist, who in turn sold to a customer. 348, 349). New York Court of Appeals: 1916-03: MacPherson v. . 514, 516). Evidence indicated that the defect could have been discovered by reasonable inspection, but none took place. The buyer in that case had not only accepted the boiler, but had tested it. Edgar T. Brackett for respondent. ], pp. Case Summary for MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. 1050 (1916) NATURE OF THE CASE: Buick (D) appealed from a judgment which affirmed a judgment holding D liable for negligently failing to inspect a car that was bought by MacPherson (P). It was not merely a dealer in automobiles. Later cases, however, evince a more liberal spirit. It was responsible for the finished product. This liability, it was further held, was not limited to the original vendee, but extended to a subvendee like the plaintiff, who was not a party to the original contract of sale. The nature of the action and the facts, so far as ma- 1050 (1916) is a famous New York Court of Appeals opinion by Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo which removed the requirement of privity of contract for duty in negligence actions. 1050, Am.Ann.Cas. In the application of its principle there may at times have been uncertainty or even error. Donald C. MacPherson v. Buick Motor Company Case Brief. The doctrine of that decision has now become the settled law of this state, and we have no desire to depart from it. It did not fairly suggest the existence of a duty aside from the special contract which was the plaintiff's main reliance. It was held in Cadillac M. C. Co. v. Johnson (221 Fed. The contractor who builds the scaffold invites the owner's workmen to use it. Under the charge of the trial judge nothing more was [*395] required of it. The judgment should be affirmed with costs. 1050 (1916) Cardozo, J. Opposed to that decision is one of the Court of Appeals of Kentucky (Olds Motor Works v. Shaffer, 145 Ky. 616). Reliance on the skill of the manufacturer was proper and almost inevitable. 1050. The finality of the test has a bearing on the measure of diligence owing to persons other than the purchaser (Beven, Negligence [3d ed. See, e.g., MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 389, 111 N.E. Rep. 801) that an automobile is not within the rule of Thomas v. Winchester. You are a newly graduated lawyer and have just gained a position at the law firm of Ejusdem & Generis. Macpherson v. Buick Motor Co.: A famous 1916 New York Court of Appeals decision, MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. , 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. Since the defendant was a manufacturer of automobiles that, if defective, are inherently dangerous by virtue of their existence, it had a responsibility for the finished product, which included testing its various parts before placing it on the market for sale. The principle of the distinction is for present purposes the important thing. In such circumstances, the presence of a known danger, attendant upon a known use, makes vigilance a duty. There was evidence tending to show that it had not been properly tested in order to insure users against such accidents. In Earl v. Lubbock (L. R. 1905 [1 K. B. On the other hand, he would exclude a case "in which the goods are supplied under circumstances in which it would be a chance by whom they would be used or whether they would be used or not, or whether they would be used before there would probably be means of observing any defect," or where the goods are of such a nature that "a want of care or skill as to their condition or the manner of supplying them would not probably [*389] produce danger of injury to person or property." ATTORNEY(S) William Van Dyke for appellant. In this view of the defendant's liability there is nothing inconsistent with the theory of liability on which the case was tried. Buick Motor Co., 111 N.E. 50, 51, 54; Wharton, Negligence [2d ed. It is Cardozo’s most-cited opinion. MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. The charge is one, not of fraud, but of negligence. Buick Motor Co., 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. The defendant is a manufacturer of automobiles. The obligation to inspect must vary with the nature of the thing to be inspected. [clarification needed] He was [*385] thrown out and injured. Escola v. But whatever the rule in Thomas v. Winchester may once have been, it has no longer that restricted meaning. 397). ), The leading English authority in support of this rule, to which all the later cases on the same subject refer, is Winterbottom v. Wright (10 Meeson & Welsby, 109), which was an action by the driver of a stage coach against a contractor who had agreed with the postmaster-general to provide and keep the vehicle in repair for the purpose of conveying the royal mail over a prescribed route. Some of them, at first sight inconsistent with our conclusion, may be reconciled upon the ground that the negligence was too remote, and that another cause had intervened. It may be that in those circumstances the negligence of the earlier members of the series is too remote to constitute, as to the ultimate user, an actionable wrong (Beven on Negligence [3d ed. If there was any error, it was none of which the defendant can complain. The character of the exception to the general rule limiting liability for negligence to the original parties to the contract of sale, was still more clearly stated by Judge [*399] HISCOCK, writing for the court in Statler v. Ray Manufacturing Co. (195 N. Y. 1050, L.R.A. The defendant argued that since poisons, explosives, or comparable items that are normally used as "implements of destruction" were not involved, there was no "imminent danger" to the plaintiff's life. The retail dealer resold to the plaintiff. 1050. 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