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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In unilateral contracts there is no requirement that the offeree communicates an intention to accept, since acceptance is through full performance. Bxll advertisement begins by saying that a reward will be paid by the Carbolic Smoke Ball Company to any person who contracts the increasing epidemic after using the ball. The company did not have limited liabilitywhich could have meant personal ruin for Mr.

But there is another view. Inconvenience sustained by one party at the request of the other is enough to create a consideration. It was intended unquestionably to have some effect, and I think the effect which it was intended to have, was to make people use the smoke ball, because the suggestions and allegations which it contains are directed immediately to the use of the smoke ball as distinct from the purchase caase it.

Did the plaintiff perform some action in exchange for the promise? Supposedly one might get the jet if one had acquired loads of “Pepsi Points” from buying the soft drink. Nor had they exchanged goods, money or services between themselves. First, it is said no action will lie upon this contract because it is a policy.

Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co

Leonard had sued Pepsi to get a fighter jet which had featured in a TV ad. He differed slightly carbolid 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.

Then, what is left?

The defendants would have value in people using the balls even if they had not been purchased by them directly. By using this site, you agree to the Carllll of Use and Privacy Policy. I do not think that was meant, and to hold the contrary would be pushing too far the doctrine of taking language most strongly against the person using it.


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. An advertisement can constitute a unilateral contract, which can be accepted by catlill the conditions of the contract; no formal acceptance required. The smoke ball was a rubber ball with a tube attached. It did not follow that the smoke ball was to be purchased from the smkke directly, or even from agents of theirs directly.

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Furthermore, the Carbolic Smoke Ball Company had had no chance to check the validity of claims, of which there could be an indefinite number; much was made of this point in smokf argument. There is ample consideration to support this promise. The ball can be refilled at a cost of 5s.

This is perhaps due to the strategy of Counsel for the Defendant in running just about every available defence, requiring the court to deal with these points in turn in the judgment. We were pressed upon this point with the case of Gerhard v Bates[6] which was the case of a promoter of companies who had promised the bearers of share warrants that they should have dividends for so many years, and the promise as alleged was held not to shew any consideration.

I have only to add that as regards the policy and the wagering points, in my judgment, there is nothing in either of them. In my judgment, therefore, this first point fails, and this was an offer intended to be acted upon, and, when acted upon and the conditions performed, constituted a promise to pay. The parties to the alleged contract had never met or communicated with each other directly.

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I understand that if there is no consideration for a promise, it may be a promise in honour, or, as we should call it, a promise without consideration and nudum pactum ; but if anything else is meant, I do not understand it. But the judges were not impressed with these difficulties, and their attitude was no doubt influenced by the view that the defendants were rogues.

Carlill got flu while using the smoke ball. Then as to the alleged want of consideration.

You have only to look at the advertisement to dismiss that suggestion. It could not be supposed that after you have left off using it you are still to be protected for ever, as if there was to be a stamp set upon your forehead that you were never to catch influenza because you had once used the carbolic smoke ball.


It strikes me that a reasonable time may be ascertained in a business sense and in a sense satisfactory to a lawyerin this way; find out from a chemist what the ingredients are; find out from a skilled physician how long the effect of such ingredients on the system could be reasonably expected to endure so as to protect a person from an epidemic or cold, and in that way you will get a standard to be laid before a juryor a judge without a jury, by which they might exercise their judgment as to what a reasonable time would be.

The unsuccessful defence counsel in the lower court, H. It seems to me that in order to arrive at a right conclusion we must read this advertisement in its plain meaning, as the public would understand it. Another meaning, and the one which I rather prefer, is that the reward is offered to any person who contracts the epidemic or other disease within a reasonable time after having used the smoke ball.

But this did not happen at all.

Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co [1893]

Therefore, catbolic advertisers get out of the use an advantage which is enough to carlil, a consideration. After the action, Mr. Fifth, good consideration was clearly given by Mrs. Firstly, misleading advertising is a criminal offence. Carlill v Carbolic Smokeball Co []. But that, of course, was soon overruled. The intention was that the circulation of the smoke ball should be promoted, and that the use of it should be increased. Then it was said that there was no notification of the acceptance of the contract.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain had been fighting an ongoing battle against quack remedies, and had wanted specifically to get carbolic acid on the poisons register since Then it was said that it is a bet.

It is also contended that the advertisement is rather in the nature of a puff or a proclamation than a promise or offer intended to mature into a contract when accepted.

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