frustration of purpose


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frustration of purpose

n. sometimes called commercial frustration, when unexpected events arise which make a contract impossible to be performed, entitling the frustrated party to rescind the contract without paying damages. Example: Jack Appleseller contracts to buy a commercial building to rent out, and, while the sale is pending, the building is condemned by the city as unsafe for any use. Mr. Appleseller can back out of the purchase without obligation.

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The Lake District argues the circuit court erred by determining: (1) Jereczek's failure to give written notice of termination of the contract was the relevant breach, rather than Jereczek's failure to make payments according to the terms of the contract, and this breach was not actionable; and (2) the Lake District's claim was barred by the frustration of purpose doctrine.
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Chapters address the scope of application of general contract principles, the concept of non-performance, the force majeure excuse, and hardship, along the way examining such elements as contractual risk allocations, unforseeability of an impediment, impediments beyond the typical sphere of risk and control of the obligor, responsibility for third parties, legal impediments, involvement of states or state enterprises, the hardship threshold test, frustration of purpose, irreconcilable differences, and comparison with exemptions under domestic legal systems.
It may be that this restates a form of frustration of purpose, although it is probably wider than the doctrine as currently understood.
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