STOP it!


tv-jpgI watch a lot of Law & Order episodes and I heard the word “estoppel”, but couldn’t quite figure out the meaning in context, so I looked it up.

 

scales of justiceEstoppel is “A legal principle that bars a party from denying or alleging a certain fact owing to that party’s previous conduct, allegation, or denial.”

 

stop sign1The rationale behind estoppel is to prevent injustice owing to inconsistency or fraud. There are two types of estoppel: equitable and legal. Source: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Estoppel

 

Merriam-Webster dictionaryIts first know use was in 1531, probably an alteration of an Anglo-French word estopere=stopping, from estoper. Source: www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/estoppel

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