Luke Zadkovich presents a short, sharp video on the obligation to pay freight without set-off.  This fundamental principle in carriage contracts is tested in the freight forwarding context, uncovering an exception to an exception.  This decision shows the importance of detail in legal analysis and the art of distinguishing your case from a general principle.  The English court’s findings could extend beyond freight forwarding contracts and possibly could be extrapolated to other service contracts that have a freight payment component.  Always remember that contracts can by drafted in advance to change these principles.

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