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Court of Chancery Rejects Late Acceptance

Centreville Veterinary Hospital Inc. v. Butler-Baird, C.A. No. 1552-VCP (July 6, 2007).

Second thoughts sometimes reach the right conclusion. The problem, however, is that they may get there too late. This decision holds that once a contract offer is made, the rejection of that offer revokes the power to change your mind and later accept the offer. Based on the reasoning of the Restatement of Contracts (2nd) Section 38, the Court noted that rule works both ways and is grounded on the need to have a bright line test in such matters.



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