Defenses to Contract Enforcement: Unconscionability & Statute of Limitations


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Harry was involved in a car accident that wasn't his fault. About five years later he lost his job and was in need of money. He remembered the accident and decided to sue the man who caused the car accident. The court rejected his lawsuit because he didn't bring it to the courts in time. Why was his suit rejected by the court?

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1. Jennifer is injured and can't work. She has bills to pay and debt collectors calling her. A debt service contacts Jennifer and offers to pay her bills for her. In return, Jennifer will pay the debt service $100 every month for the next 20 years. This is much more than Jennifer owes for her bills, but it makes her monthly payments more manageable so she agrees. What is this an example of?

2. Why are there statutes of limitations?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your knowledge of statutes of limitations and unconscionability, two reasons a judge might rule in favor of not enforcing a contract. Find out how the consideration of public policy affects contract enforcement before trying out our five-question quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

When studying these materials, make sure to really get to know these terms:

  • Statute of limitations
  • Unconscionability
  • Public policy

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills using this quiz and worksheet:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about contract enforcement in a different light
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related public policy lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of unconscionability to list examples of contract-cancelling behavior

Additional Learning

There's a whole lot more to learn about the features of a decentralized organization. In the connected lesson, Defenses to Contract Enforcement: Unconscionability & Statute of Limitations, we will prepare you to:

  • Explain why it's practical for the courts to rule in favor of longer statutes of limitations
  • Describe what qualifies as a proper contract defense
  • Expound on what constitutes unconscionability and how the courts consider what is considered unconscionable