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In re Arbitration between Polemis and Furness, Withy & co. Ltd., Court of Appeal, 1984 Was the damage too remote for ∆ to be liable? Issue Reasoning
The falling of the board is due to ∆’s negligence – damages in amount of £196. Just because the result was unexpected, does not relieve them from liability. Once the act is negligent, the fact that its exact operation was not foreseen is immaterial.

Rule

Facts
(1) ∆ chartered a boat ∏. A board fell into the gas hold (2) and came into contact with some substance that sparked a fire and destroyed the boat. Arbitrator found that: The causing of the spark was too remote and could not have been anticipated from the falling of the board.

Held Procedure P argues D argues

Appeal dismissed Arbitrators found some negligence but not for total value of boat. ∏ appeals. Damages were too remote to be foreseeable and thus that the defendants were not the proximate cause of the damages.

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