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The Action for Breach of Promise

A.W.B. Simpson

in A History of the Common Law of Contract

Published in print February 1987 | ISBN: 9780198255734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255734.003.0006
The Action for Breach of Promise

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This chapter examines the history of the action for breach of promise in England. It explains that the nonfeasance doctrine under the common law of 1400 prohibited litigants from using assumpsit as a complete substitute for the action of covenant. During this period, nonfeasance exercised a powerful restraining influence over the development of assumpsit. This chapter discusses relevant court cases concerning the action for breach of promise.

Keywords: breach of promise; common law; assumpsit; nonfeasance doctrine; court cases

Chapter.  13836 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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