stoppagein transitu

stoppage in transitu (in tran-si-t[y]oo ortranz-i-t[y]oo). The right of a seller of goods to regain possession of those goods from a common carrier under certain circumstances, even though the seller has already parted with them under a contract for sale. • This right traditionally applies when goods are consigned wholly or partly on credit from one person to another, and the consignee becomes bankrupt or insolvent before the goods arrive — in which event the consignor may direct the carrier to deliver the goods to someone other than the consignee (who can no longer pay for them). — Also termed stoppage in transit. [Cases: Sales 289–299. C.J.S. Sales §§ 325–326, 333–338.]
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