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Fletcher v. Peck

United States Supreme Court
10 U.S. 87 (1810)


A majority of the Georgia legislature was bribed in 1795 to convey approximately 35 million acres of state land to private companies at a bargain price. The following year, Georgia’s legislature rescinded the grant. However, large parcels of the land had already been sold to investors. A lawsuit was filed based on warranty of title to determine whether the 1796 rescission could affect the rights of one of the purchasers of the land. The United States Supreme Court took up the question.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, C.J.)

Concurrence (Johnson, J.)

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