MAXIM NAME: CAVEAT EMPTOR

MEANING:

“Let the buyer beware” – the principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the

quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made.

It is specifically defined in section 16 of Sales of Goods Act “there is no implied warranty or

condition as to the quality or the fitness foe any particular purpose of goods supplied under

such a contract of sale.


CASE LAW:


JONES V. PADGETT


The plaintiff purchased an indigo cloth from defendant for making liveries but failed to

inform his intention. The cloth was not suitable for making liveries. The plaintiff sued the

defendant for loss but the court held the defendant was not liable under the principle of

caveat emptor.


CONCLUSION:

Above discussion shows the legislation protects the rights & interest of buyer as well as seller without being bias towards any of them. This maxim ensures that awareness among buyer is

very important.


credit: JEEVITHA P


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