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The Best Law School Subject, Robert A. Hillman, Robert S. Summers Apr 1998

The Best Law School Subject, Robert A. Hillman, Robert S. Summers

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

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Questioning The "New Consensus" On Promissory Estoppel: An Empirical And Theoretical Study, Robert A. Hillman Apr 1998

Questioning The "New Consensus" On Promissory Estoppel: An Empirical And Theoretical Study, Robert A. Hillman

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

Professor Hillman presents evidence that contradicts several assumptions about how courts apply the doctrine of promissory estoppel. Although theorists have claimed the importance, even dominance, of the theory as a ground for enforcing promises, he shows that this theory is remarkably unsuccessful in the courts. Professor Hillman also demonstrates the crucial role of reliance in both successful and unsuccessful promissory estoppel cases, despite the "new consensus" that courts enforce promises without a showing of reliance. Finally, Professor Hillman shows that courts award damages flexibly in successful promissory estoppel cases, although analysts have claimed that courts strongly favor expectancy damages.

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