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Scotson v Pegg [1861] EWHC Exch J2

A purchaser of some coal paid the defendant to carry and to unload the coal. The claimant was the supplier of the coal who had also paid the defendant to carry and unload the coal. The claimant brought an action to recover the money paid arguing the defendant was already under an existing duty to carry and unload the coal and thus provided no consideration.

Held:

An existing contractual duty owed to a 3rd party to the contract can amount to valid consideration for a new promise. Consequently the claimant could not recover the sums paid and the defendant was entitled to get paid twice for doing the same thing.
 
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