This section is from the book "The Law Of Contracts", by William Herbert Page. Also available from Amazon: Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Deals, Contracts, Agreements and Promises.
If the contract is in the alternative, an action can not be brought for breach of one of the covenants if the promisor is ready and willing to perform the alternative covenant,1 or if performance thereof has been accepted.2 If a contract for the sale of a machine provides that if it does not satisfy the requirements of the contract, the seller may enter the buyer's land and remove such machine, upon repaying to the buyer the purchase price which the buyer has paid to the seller, such provision prevents the buyer from recovering damages for the failure of such machine to satisfy the provisions of the contract.3 If A warrants a horse to B, but provides that in case the horse does not comply with the terms of the warranty, B may return such horse to A within a specified time, B's sole remedy, if no fraud is shown, is to return such horse within such specified time.4 An alternative provision is not regarded as preventing a right of action for breach unless such intention appears clearly.5 The conduct of the parties in attempting to perform the contract may aid the court in determining that the contract was not intended to prevent a right of action to recover damages for breach.6
3 Smith v. Bergengren, 153 Mass. 236, 10 L. R. A. 768, 26 N. E. 690; Curnan v. Ry., 138 N. Y. 480, 34 N. E. 201.
4 Smith v. Bergengren, 153 Mass. 236, 10 L. R. A. 768, 26 N. E. 690.
5Sanford v. Brown Brothers Co., 208 N. Y. 90, 50 L. R. A. (N.S.) 778, 101 N. E. 797.
6 Detwiler v. Downes, 119 Minn. 44, 50 L. R. A. (N.S.) 753, 137 N. W. 422.
1 Crouch v. Leake, 108 Ark. 322, 50 L. R. A. (N.S.) 774, 157 S. W. 390.
2 Fred W. Wolf Co. v. Monarch Refrigerating Co., 252 111. 491, 50 L. R. A. (N.S.) 808, 96 N. E. 1063.