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Chaplin v. Consolidated Edison Co. of New York

United States District Court, Southern District of New York
537 F. Supp. 1224 (1982)


Facts

The Epilepsy Foundation of America and Phyllis Chaplin (plaintiffs) brought an action against Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Edison) (defendant) for a violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 701. Edison provided a settlement agreement to the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs notified Edison that they had objections to the proposed settlement. Edison provided another letter to the plaintiffs, stating that it was willing to finalize the previously offered settlement agreement, but that if the settlement agreement was not accepted as proposed, Edison would withdraw all offers to settle. The plaintiffs sent a letter to Edison stating that they did not accept the offered settlement agreement. The plaintiffs later had a change of heart and sent a second letter to Edison, stating that they accepted the offer of settlement. The plaintiffs then moved the court to enjoin Edison to execute the settlement agreement, arguing that their second letter constituted a binding acceptance, creating a contract between the plaintiffs and Edison to settle the case.

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