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Paradine v. Jane

King’s Bench
82 Eng. Rep. 897 (1647)


Facts

Jane (defendant) leased land from Paradine (plaintiff) for a three-year term. During the lease term, Prince Rupert of Germany seized and occupied the land, which frustrated Jane’s purpose of taking the profits of the land. Jane stopped paying rent. Paradine brought suit under the lease. Jane argued that he was not required to perform under the lease due to frustration of purpose.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Wladis, J.)

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