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Contracts: Cases and Doctrine, Seventh Edition

  • Randy E. Barnett
  • Nathan B. Oman
Series / Aspen Casebook Series
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Contracts: Cases and Doctrine features a mix of lightly-edited classic and contemporary cases that stresses current contract doctrine along with the essential lawyering skill of case analysis—how to sift through the facts of the case to discern the prevailing rules and theory. Randy Barnett and Nate Oman’s innovative text introduces each case and provides the historical background of the iconic cases that make the study of contract law engaging. Study Guide questions help students identify salient issues as they read each case. Judicial biographies of each judge provide additional context.

The Seventh Edition has been edited to delete materials that are seldom covered in a 1L class. This edition adds new cases that have been chosen for their topicality, facts, or pedagogical usefulness. New areas covered include so-called “smart contracts” and the relationship between restitution and contract. As always, we have tried to focus on cases with facts that will be easier to teach. New cases in this edition include a contract with a spy that turns out to be a double agent for the KGB, the effect of pandemics on contractual obligations, the gambling shenanigans of a royal prince, and emotional support animals.

New to the Seventh Edition:

  • In order to keep the size of the book manageable, we have eliminated the section on the signature requirement under the statute of frauds and have slimmed down the materials on internet contracting, which is no longer the “cutting edge” area that once it was.
  • New cases include:
  • Attorney General v. Blake (restitution damages for breach of contract against a British spy who defected to the USSR)
  • Snepp v. United States (squib) (constructive trust against an American spy for breach of contract)
  • Al-Ibrahim v. Edde (denied an unjust enrichment remedy to unwind a contact declared unenforceable for illegality)
  • Pelletier v. Johnson (claim for unjust enrichment allowed to unwind a contract declared unenforceable for illegality)
  • Carter Baron Drilling v. Badger Oil Corp. (discussing the parole evidence rule under the UCC)
  • C.R. Klewin Inc. v. Flagship Properties, Inc. (the exception to the 1-year requirement under the statute of frauds)
  • Cohen v. Clark (case imposing liability on a breaching party that everyone agrees breached in “good faith”; illustrates the strictness of contractual liability)
  • Hanford v. Connecticut Fair Ass’n, Inc. (public policy exception for public health in time of a pandemic)
  • B2C2 Ltd v. Quoine Ltd Pte (unilateral mistake case dealing with “smart contracts”)

Professors and student will benefit from:

  • Case-based approach that gives students ample doctrinal materials to sift through for facts and analyze for prevailing rules and theory.
  • Cases that are lightly edited, or presented as whole as possible, to give first-year students the opportunity to develop case-analysis skills.
  • Restatement and UCC sections integrated to encourage students to consult them as they read the cases.
  • Iconic and contemporary cases combined to show how the classic cases are still relevant.
  • Chapters that begin with a brief, accessible textual introductions.
  • Study Guide questions before each case help focus student attention on salient issues.
  • Flexible organization begins with Remedies, but chapters can be taught in any order.
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About the authors
Randy E. Barnett
Georgetown University

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and is Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies, Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern and Harvard Law School. In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Professor Barnett’s publications includes eleven books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds. New editions of his books, Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton) and The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford) will be released later this year, as will his coauthored book, A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave).

Nathan B. Oman
William & Mary Law School

Nathan Oman joined the faculty at William & Mary Law School in 2006. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Articles Committee of the Harvard Law Review and as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he was a Benson Scholar, and, prior to law school, worked on the staff of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Morris Shepard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of Sidley Austin, LLP. Areas of Specialization: Contract Law; Economic Analysis of Law; Jurisprudence; Law and Religion; Legal History

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