Schreiber Foods, Inc. v. Wang

Defendant, an American citizen, approached plaintiff, a supplier of dairy products, about doing business with a Chinese company, affiliated with a company operated by defendant's cousin. The American did not claim to be an agent of the Chinese company, but did respond to a request for credit information and paid for the first transaction with her own check. The Chinese buyer claims that the American company wrongfully substituted an inferior product in the second transaction and did not pay. Instead of bringing a claim against the Chinese company, the plaintiff claimed fraud by the American. The district court held that the suit was barred by the economic loss doctrine. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, holding that any false statements by defendant were "interwoven" with the contract; plaintiff could have protected itself contractually against the risk of nonpayment. Holding the American liable in tort would not plug any loophole in contract law. The contract was not concerned with services, for which there is an exception. View "Schreiber Foods, Inc. v. Wang" on Justia Law