16 May

void ab initio

Black’sLaw 8th Edition: void ab initio (ab i-nish-ee-oh). Null from the beginning, as from the first moment when a contract is entered into. • A contract is void ab initio if it seriously offends law or public policy, in contrast to a contract that is merely voidable at the election of one party to the contract. [Cases: Contracts 98, 136. C.J.S. Contracts §§ 137, 139–140, 145, 153–155, 157, 171, 173–174, 185, 188, 280–281, 286, 296.]

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