Legal Detriment: Definition & Example


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The Peppercorn Theory taught us that:

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1. Ms. Smith, a math teacher, suggests that her students pay her a sum of $5.00 a day to review some very complex math concepts during class time. The students who pay up can participate while the others must sit with their heads down. Does this make for an enforceable contract?

2. John, who is a new driver, backed out of his driveway only to hit Sam's mailbox, sending it two houses down. John and Sam discussed the damage and Sam came up with a replacement price of $50.00. John accepted and the men drew up a contract with a clause that read, 'Sam cannot sue John for any further incidents or issues related to the damage to the mailbox.'. Is this contract enforceable based on the doctrine of legal detriment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

As part of contract law, legal detriment is a principle that can determine the legality of a contract. This quiz/worksheet pair will assess your knowledge of the doctrine of legal detriment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on facts about legal detriment, including:

  • The definition of the Peppercorn Theory
  • Whether the contract can be enforced when a teacher contracts with her students to teach additional lessons to the students who pay her
  • Whether a contract that contains a clause forbidding a party from suing for additional damages after accepting settlement can be enforced
  • Whether a contract to pay for weight lost can be enforced
  • The two things that must occur for a contract to be enforceable under the doctrine of legal detriment

Skills Practiced

  • Lesson comprehension - ensure that you draw from the lesson the most important information regarding legal detriment
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of consideration in contract law
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how legal detriment applies to contracts in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about legal detriment, review the accompanying lesson titled Legal Detriment: Definition & Example. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the Peppercorn Theory
  • Define consideration in contracts
  • Explain what legal detriment is and know how it applies to consideration
  • Know what pre-existing duty is and explain how it applies to contracts
  • Know examples of enforceable contracts due to legal detriment