Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1988

Center/Program

Center for Law and Economic Studies

Center/Program

Center for Contract and Economic Organization

Abstract

In the first section I present an e of why reasonable businessmen would choose to excuse performance for some changed circumstances, but not others. In the remainder of the paper I will analyze specific problems that have arisen in the impossibility case law and literature. The explanation forwarded in Section 1 will play a prominent role in much of that discussion. Largely because their paper stimulated my thoughts on the problem, I will contrast my analysis of some of the specific cases to that of Posner and Rosenfield [1977]. I will not, except in passing, critique the case law, the reasoning underlying the case law4, or the other scholarship.

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