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Cooling-Off Period

An interval of time during which no action of a specific type can be taken by either side in a dispute. An automatic delay in certain jurisdictions, apart from ordinary court delays, between the time when Divorce papers are filed and the divorce hearing takes place. An amount of time within which a buyer is permitted to cancel a contract for the purchase of consumer goods—designed to effect Consumer Protection. A number of states require that a three-day cancellation period must be allowed purchasers following door-to-door sales.

A cooling-off period is frequently used in labor disputes. There might, for example, be a period of one month following the filing of a grievance by a union or company against the other, during which neither the union nor the company is allowed to take retaliatory actions against each other.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

cooling-off period

a time during which a person can withdraw from a binding contract without any serious penalty. A cooling-off period is not normally available. Such provisions can be found in relation to CANCELLATION of consumer credit contracts, TIMESHARE contracts and DISTANCE SELLING contracts among others.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
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The laws says that: | You must be given clear information about the goods or services before you buy; | You must get written confirmation of this information after you have made your purchase; | There is usually a 'cooling off period' where you can cancel your order for any reason; | You can get a refund if items aren't delivered on the agreed delivery date; | If no delivery date is given, you can get a refund if items aren't delivered within 30 days of placing your order.
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