non est factum

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non est factum

From Latin, literally, "it is not one's deed," a defense in contract law that seeks to allow the signing party to avoid performing the agreement within the contract because it was substantially misrepresented to the defendant or misrepresentative of their intent. Mr. Daniels, you cannot invoke a non est factum plea simply because you failed to read all relevant documents pertaining to your loan agreement with the bank. It was subsequently discovered that the primary signatory had been unduly coerced to sign the financial guarantee, and in normal circumstances would have no business being involved in such an agreement. This is why we're pursuing a non est factum defense.
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