Mutual Rescission and Release Agreement Style 129

A contract obtained by duress can be rescinded, and in such a case, the same rules apply as in the case of fraud. A contract cannot be avoided because of duress or coercion, however, unless the duress was sufficient to overcome completely the will of the party who is seeking to avoid the contract. When both parties want to invalidate an agreement that neither has fulfilled completely, and to release all of their related obligations and rights under that agreement, they may use a rescission to meet these objectives. If one or both parties have completed key tasks required of them under the agreement, a different remedy is generally required (often a claim for restitution). Rescission "turns back the clock" and puts each party back in the position they held before the agreement became effective. It is, as some courts have said, the un-making of a contract. When both parties want to invalidate an agreement that neither has fulfilled completely, and to release all of their related obligations and rights under that agreement, they may use a rescission to meet these objectives. If one or both parties have completed key tasks required of them under the agreement, a different remedy is generally required (often a claim for restitution).

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