mala fides

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Mala Fides

[Latin, Bad faith.]

A mala fide purchaser is one who buys property from another with the knowledge that it has been stolen. In contrast, a bona fide purchaser is one who does so with no knowledge that the seller lacks good title to the property.

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

mala fides

Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

MALA FIDES. Bad faith. It is opposed to bona fides, good faith.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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