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Insincere Promises: The Law of Misrepresented Intent

Ian Ayres and Gregory Klass


How can a promise be a lie? Answer: when the promisor never intended to perform the promise. Such incidences of promissory fraud are frequently litigated because they can result in punitive damages awards, and an insincere promisor can even be held criminally liable. Yet courts have provided little guidance about what the scope of liability should be or what proof should be required. This book—devoted to the analysis of promissory fraud—answers these questions. Filled with examples of insincere promising from the case law as well as from literature and popular culture, it is an indispensable g ... More

Keywords: promise, promissory fraud, damages, courts, liability, proof, case law, popular culture, contract law, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300106756
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106756.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Ayres, author

Gregory Klass, author