‘Rectifying “Mistaken” Applications of the Mistake Doctrine to Personal Injury Releases’

Grace M Giesel, A New Look at Contract Mistake Doctrine and Personal Injury Releases, 19 Nevada Law Journal 535 (2018). When one enters into a contractual agreement with another, expectations are created on both sides. Party A expects to receive something from Party B, and Party B expects to receive something in return from Party A. When courts become involved in contractual disputes, ensuring the fulfillment of these expectations is often one of their primary goals. The pursuit of this goal, however, must be balanced against other contracts principles, particularly those related to defenses against the enforceability of contracts. Professor Grace Giesel explores the balance between expectations and enforceability in her recent thought-provoking article, A New Look at Contract Mistake Doctrine and Personal Injury Releases. Professor Giesel’s article begins with an informative discussion about the terms typically included in a personal injury release agreement … (more)

[Eboni Nelson, JOTWELL, 9 October]

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