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III. The Development of American Law
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Volume X: Restitution - Unjust Enrichment and Negotiorum Gestio | Chapter 3 (1989): History of Restitution in Anglo-American Law

Completed in November 1985

George E. Palmer

A. Restitution at Law (Quasi Contract)

i. Breaking Away from the Restrictions of English Law

16. Early influence of English law. – In several situations early american cases granted recovery in quasi contract just as english courts had done, usually relying on english authority. Thus, money paid by mistake…

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George E. Palmer, “III. The Development of American Law”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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