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Civil Liability for Unjust Enrichment

Restitution is the legal theory that allows one party to recover unjust enrichment from another — to recover ill-gotten gains, for example, rather than to recoup one's own losses. It is a fascinating body of law and highly useful to the practitioner. Restitution has also, until now, never been the subject of a one-volume treatment that explains how it works. Restitution: Civil Liability for Unjust Enrichment provides a clear, lively, and interesting account of this important set of legal principles.

What people are saying about the book:

There has never been a good short introduction to the law of restitution and unjust enrichment. There is now, and it’s terrific—clear, conversational, sophisticated in its analysis, and with remarkable depth. —Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia School of Law

Farnsworth’s terrific book covers an amazing amount of material on the law of restitution in a concise, insightful, and appealing fashion. —Henry E. Smith, Harvard Law School

Immensely important. Farnsworth’s book is a major contribution to the field, providing a succinct, clear, and theoretically informed summary of the doctrine. —Hanoch Dagan, Tel Aviv University

The analysis is intuitive, full of common sense, and elegantly written and organized. I recommend the book to every law student as an example of how to think about a subject that too often falls between the cracks. —Saul Levmore, University of Chicago Law School

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