chapter  4
Are damages for misrepresentation governed by the same rules as damages for breach of warranty (that is, breach of contract)?
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Vacwell Engineering Co Ltd v BDH Chemicals Ltd [1971] 1 QB 88 Queen’s Bench Division

This was an action for damages in respect of death and damage arising out of an explosion in the plaintiffs’ laboratory. The explosion occurred when a chemical, marketed and sold by the defendants, came into contact with water while one of the plaintiffs’ employees was washing labels off the chemical’s glass containers. The only warning on the label referred to ‘Harmful Vapour’ and both the defendants, who had done inadequate research, and the plaintiffs were unaware of its explosive habits.