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Restitution and Unjust Enrichment: Cases and Notes

  • Andrew Kull
  • Ward Farnsworth
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Restitution is a body of law that has immense practical value and wide application to disputes of all sorts. Simply put, it is the set of rules that govern recovery of gains that a party should not keep—or “unjust enrichment,” as it is formally called; and unjust enrichment occurs every day in both private and commercial transactions. Restitution has the dual distinction of being one of the most useful but overlooked bodies of law, due to its lack of study by several generations of modern lawyers. Without a single casebook in print on the subject, it has been nearly impossible to teach restitution law in the past. Restitution and Unjust Enrichment: Cases and Notesfills that void and presents the substance, remedies and history of restitution in a practical and interesting manner.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • The only casebook available for teaching this important and interesting subject, and the first new one in 50 years.
  • A modern reworking of the topic that adopts the framework of Publication of Restatement Third, Restitution and Unjust Enrichment (2011) (“R3RUE”) for teaching purposes.
  • A complete discussion of Restitution, which is part of the required curriculum for students who receive legal training in other parts of the common-law world.
  • Authorship by leading scholars in the field. Andrew Kull was the sole Reporter for R3RUE, published in two hardcover volumes. Ward Farnsworth is the author of a convenient treatise on Restitution, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014. He is also co-author of the Wolters Kluwer casebook Torts: Cases and Questions, currently in its second edition.
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Ward Farnsworth

Ward Farnsworth is a Nancy E. Barton Scholar and Professor of Law at Boston University. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 1994, Ward Farnsworth worked as a law clerk to Richard A. Posner, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and to Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In 1996, he served as a legal adviser to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. Professor Farnsworth joined the BU Law faculty in 1997 and now teaches courses on civil procedure, tort law, and rhetoric. The University of Chicago Press recently published Professor Farnsworthrsquo;s book, The Legal Analyst, a manual that examines analytical methods and the process of legal thought for lawyers. He also is the author of a book about rhetoric that will be published in early 2009 and a treatise on chess that is available on the Internet. Finally, he is the co-author of Torts: Cases and Questions, a casebook first published in 2004 by Aspen Law Business and revised in 2009.

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