Dyer's Case

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Dyer's case (1414) 2 Hen. V, fol. 5, pl. 26 is an old English contract law case concerning restraint of trade and the doctrine of consideration.


Mr. John Dyer had given a promise to not exercise his trade in the same town as the plaintiff for six months but the plaintiff had promised nothing in return. The plaintiff had not bothered to attend court for the hearing.


On hearing the plaintiff's attempt to enforce this restraint, Hull J exclaimed,

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  1. ^ The old French, as spoken in English courts at the time was reported as, "A ma intent vous purres avec demurre sur ley que l'obligation est voide ce que le condition est encounter common ley et per Dieu se le plaintiff fuit icy il irra al prison tanque il ust fait fine au Roy."