Did the occurrence of an “act of God” excuse the person from breaking the contract?
In the case of Baily v. De Crespigny (LR 4 QB 180), the occurrence of an “act of God” didn’t automatically excuse the person from breaking the contract. The court found that merely citing an “act of God” wasn’t enough to release someone from their contractual obligations. Instead, they looked at whether the contract had provisions addressing such unforeseen events. Since the contract lacked these details, the person unable to fulfill their obligation due to the “act of God” was still considered responsible for breaching the contract.