Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Company, 7 December 1892
- The Carbolic smoke ball company
- The plaintiff, Mrs Louisa Carlill, and her decision to sue the company
- The barristers and theirs arguments
- The decision of Judge Hawkins and its consequences
The case of Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Company took place in London in 1892. It is one of the most important cases regarding the common law of contract. The Carbolic Smoke Ball Company is a medical company which sells pills against several types of allergies and diseases. The company created a product that is supposed to heal people from influenza. This product was called the Smoke Ball and consisted of a ball filled with carbolic acid that people had to insert in the nose to release the vapors that were supposed to heal them.
The proprietors of the medical preparation decided to promote the product by publishing an advertisement in the Pall Mall Gazette of November 13, 1891 and in other newspapers. The advertisement read : "100 rewards will be paid by the Carbolic Smoke Ball Company to any person who contracts the increasing epidemic influenza, colds or any disease caused by taking cold, after having used the ball three times daily for two weeks according to the printed directions supplied with each ball.?
We will look into the details of this case in this document.
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