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White v Bluett [1853]

Facts

  • A father lent money to his son, and said that if the son stopped complaining about the way the father distributed property in his will
  • The father died and the estate sought to recover the debt from the son

Issue

  • Could ‘not complaining’ constitute good consideration for the promise of not needing to repay the debt

Decision

  • No consideration, debt repayable

Reasoning

  • Such consideration cannot be of value in the eyes of the law; there is no right to complain
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