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Problems in Contract Law: Cases and Materials, Ninth Edition

Charles L. Knapp, Nathan M. Crystal, Harry G. Prince


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    In Problems in Contract Law: Cases and Materials, Ninth Edition, by Charles L. Knapp, Nathan M. Crystal, and Harry G. Prince, a balance of traditional and contemporary cases reflect the development and complexity of contract law. Explanatory notes and text place classic and contemporary cases in their larger legal context, while questions and problem exercises bridge theory and practice. Adaptable for instructors with different teaching techniques, this successful book includes various perspectives and contractual settings, and offers a highly intelligent, contemporary treatment of contract law. It can easily be used in teaching by traditional case analysis, through problem-based instruction, or using theoretical inquiry.

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    Publication Date: 2/1/2019
    Copyright: 2019
    Pages: 1248
    Connected eBook with Study Center + Print Book: 9781543801477
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    eBook: 9781543811025

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    An Introduction to the Study of Contract Law
    The Basis of Contractual Obligation: Mutual Assent and Consideration
    Liability in the Absence of Bargained-for Exchange: Reliance on Gratuitous Promises, Unaccepted Offers, and the Principle of Restitution
    The Statute of Frauds
    The Meaning of the Agreement: Principles of Interpretation and the Parol Evidence Rule
    Supplementing the Agreement: Implied Terms, the Obligation of Good Faith, and Warranties
    Avoiding Enforcement: Incapacity, Bargaining Misconduct, Unconscionability, and Public Policy
    Justification for Nonperformance: Mistake, Changed Circumstances, and Contractual Modifications
    Consequences of Nonperformance: Express Conditions, Material Breach, and Anticipatory Repudiation
    CHAPTER 10
    Expectation Damages: Principles and Limitations
    CHAPTER 11
    Alternatives to Expectation Damages: Reliance and Restitutionary Damages, Specific Performance, and Agreed Remedies
    CHAPTER 12
    Rights and Duties of Third Parties

    Appendix: Answers to Review Questions
    Table of Cases
    Table of Uniform Commercial Code Provisions (UCC)
    Table of Provisions from Restatement (Second) of Contracts
    Table of Provisions from Restatement (First) of Contracts
    Table of Provisions from Other Restatements
    Table of Other Acts, Codes, and Rules
    Table of Secondary Authorities

  • Author Information

    Nathan M. Crystal

    Nathan Crystal holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), Emory Law School (where he was editor-in-chief of the law review), and Harvard Law School. He is Distinguished Class of 1969 Professor of Professional Responsibility and Contract Law Emeritus at the University of South Carolina School of Law and Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility at NYU Law School, where he has taught for five years.

    Professor Crystal is the author or coauthor of four books, three on legal ethics and one on contract law:

    • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY – PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE AND THE PROFESSION (Aspen Law & Business 7th ed. 2017 with Grace M. Giesel)
    • ANNOTATED SOUTH CAROLINA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT (S.C. Bar 2016 ed. (new edition forthcoming 2020)
    • PROBLEMS IN CONTRACT LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (with Charles Knapp and Harry G. Prince) (9th ed. 2019)

    In addition to his books, Professor Crystal has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, including the Akron Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Global Jurist, Illinois Law Review, International Litigation, Kansas Law Review, Kentucky Law Journal, Mercer Law Review, Mississippi College Law Review, Notre Dame Journal of Law Ethics and Public Policy, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, NYU Annual Survey of American Law, Opinio Juris in Comparitone, Penn State Law Review, Saint Mary’s Law Journal, Saint Louis Law Journal, South Carolina Law Review, South Carolina Journal of International Law & Business, Wake Forest Law Review, and Washington Law Review. He authors a bimonthly column, &"Ethics Watch,” for the South Carolina Lawyer. Professor Crystal lectures frequently on matters of professional ethics to national, regional, and local organizations, including the American Bar Association and the United States Justice Department. He has held visiting appointments and lectureships at Arkansas (Little Rock), Charleston School of Law, Florida State, Hastings, Indiana (Indianapolis), Luiss (Rome), Scuola Superiore Santa’Anna (Pisa), Tanjin (China), Suffolk, Sydney (Parsons Visiting Scholar).

    As a practicing lawyer, Mr. Crystal provides ethics advice to major law firms, represents lawyers in disciplinary matters, serves as an expert witness, and functions as special counsel to investigate and make recommendations on issues of contract law and professional ethics. His firm, Crystal & Giannoni-Crystal, LLC, focuses its practice on professional ethics, international transactions and immigration, and business law. For information about his firm, see He and his partner, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal, are cofounders of, a website devoted to issues of technology and professional ethics.

    Nathan Crystal served as a member of the New York City Bar Ethics Advisory Committee from 2015-2017. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © since 2015 in the fields of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.

    October 15, 2019

    Harry G. Prince

    Harry G. Prince is a member of the faculty at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco where he has taught since 1985. He currently serves as the Associate Academic Dean, a position he also held from 1991 to 1993. His primary teaching areas are Contract Law and the Uniform Commercial Code. He has also taught courses in Public International Law and Race and the Law. Professor Prince has been active in the legal education community. He served as Deputy Director of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) from January 1999 to August 2001, and he was chair of the AALS Membership Review Committee from 1996 to 1997. As a member of the National Conference of Bar Examiners Drafting Committee for Contracts from 1996 to 2002, he helped write contract law questions for the Multistate Bar Examination. Professor Prince currently is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on Accreditation and regularly serves on ABA site evaluation teams as part of the accreditation process. He is a member of the American Law Institute. In addition to teaching at Hastings, Professor Prince has also taught at George Washington University, the University of Illinois, the University of California at Berkeley, and Golden Gate University. Professor Prince graduated from Temple University in 1977 and received his J.D. from New York University in 1980. He served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Lee R. West before beginning practice as an attorney with the U.S. State Department Office of the Legal Adviser.

    Charles L. Knapp

    Charles L. Knapp is the Joseph W. Cotchett Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. He joined the Hastings Faculty in 1998, coming to San Francisco from New York University School of Law, where he was the first Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law, a title which he continues to hold as emeritus. Professor Knapp joined the N.Y.U. Law School faculty in 1964, and served as its Associate Dean from 1977-1982. He has also taught at the University of Arizona School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Copenhagen. He holds a B.A. degree from Denison University, a J.D. from N.Y.U., and studied at the University of Sydney on a Rotary International Fellowship. Before embarking on his teaching career at N.Y.U., he was an associate attorney with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, in New York City. In addition to his work on Problems in Contract Law and his published articles on contract law and other topics, Professor Knapp was the original editor-in-chief of Commercial Damages (Matthew Bender 1986) and of its companion publication, Commercial Damages Reporter. His recent articles include ''Taking Contracts Private: The Quiet Revolution in Contract Law,'' 71 Fordham L. Rev. 761 (2002), and ''Opting Out or Copping Out? An Argument for Strict Scrutiny of Individual Contracts,'' 40 Loyola L.A. L. Rev. 95 (2006).

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