Sterling, Inc. is a manufacturer of state-of-the-art computers. For the past ten years, Sterling has acquired all of its microchips from NoBugs Corporation, the only producer of chips meeting Sterling’s high specifications. The relationship has been mutually profitable. Sterling could not have built its reputation as an industry leader without NoBugs’s reliable and consistently high-quality products; Sterling’s business has enabled NoBugs to grow rapidly while providing its investors with an attractive rate of return.
Some months ago, several of Sterling’s computers exploded shortly after installation. Upon investigation, Sterling discovered that tiny imperfections in NoBugs’s microchips had aggravated a dormant design defect in the computers, causing the explosions. Analysis of the chips indicated that they were indeed below specifications and that the imperfections were caused by a slight miscalibration of NoBugs’s encoding equipment. NoBugs recalibrated the equipment and promptly resumed production of perfect chips.
Sterling’s losses from the explosions—lost profits, out-of-pocket costs associated with compensating customers for the explosions, and injury to business reputation—are estimated to exceed $20 million. Sterling and NoBugs disagree on the amount of the loss for which NoBugs should be responsible. Sterling has a strong legal case for breach of contract against NoBugs. Sterling’s CEO is considering a lawsuit. She asks you to prepare a report discussing litigation strategy and the advantages and disadvantages of litigation, and discussing pretrial planning should the company opt for litigation.
Draft the report using the Critical Legal Thinking Case Example format/headings.
rying to discover the cause of the Salem Witch Trials has been attempted and some scholars believe they may have discovered the source of the alleged bewitchment. From the history stated previously, one could see that possible theories are feuding families, ergot poisoning, clinical hysteria, hypocalcaemia, and economic profit. However since there are ten original accusers, each individual may have had a different cause for becoming ‘bewitched’ and thus one theory may not be completely right. Possibly a combination of a few theories could be the true reason. The theory of the feuding families came from Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum. The basis of the theory is that there were two powerfully, wealthy families in Salem Village, who were the Putnams and the Porters. The Putnams were on the west side of Salem Village and the Porters on the east side. The Porters were more connected to Salem Town. Both families were building up their power either by town leadership or by being a merchant. The two families may have been in a power struggle, which would explain why in the western part of the village, is where thirty of thirty- two adult accusers resided, and twelve of the fourteen witches were from the eastern section. In addition, half brothers Joseph and Thomas Putnam were not on the best terms. When Thomas Putnam Senior, their father died, Joseph was given the best part of their father’s land angering Thomas Jr. who was almost virtually not included in the will. Straining the relationship further, Joseph Putnam married Elizabeth Porter, separating himself from the Putnams and aligning with the powerful Porters. This theory also states that those who were supportive of Reverend Parris and divided the town by those who were not. The villagers living on or around Ipswich Road, which goes to Salem town were anti-Parris. The villagers living on or around Ipswich Road made up of one third of the total anti-Parris group. A quote embodying the anti-Parris movement is, “anti-Parris villagers may have lived in the village but not of the village.” Meaning, even though they lived in Salem Village, they were more connected to Salem Town. The Putnams were also known for being pro-Parris. They made up of twenty four percent of the pro-Parris movement. The Putnams were never accused of being witches. However, as stated before,>GET ANSWER