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Restitution-Unjust Enrichment-Right Of Defaulting Purchaser To Recover Part Payment, Theodore J. St. Antoine S.Ed. Apr 1956

Restitution-Unjust Enrichment-Right Of Defaulting Purchaser To Recover Part Payment, Theodore J. St. Antoine S.Ed.

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Plaintiff made a prepayment of $59,946.67, or twenty-five percent, on twenty printing presses which it was purchasing for shipment to Russia. Before their delivery a federal regulation was promulgated under which plaintiff was denied an export license. Plaintiff therefore rejected tender of the presses, and defendant vendor sold them to a third party for $18,765 more than the contract price to plaintiff. Plaintiff sued to recover its down payment and the profit resulting from defendant's resale. On appeal from a judgment for defendant, held, reversed and remanded. A defaulting purchaser is entitled to restitution of its payments in excess …