breach of promise

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failure to keep a promise (of marriage)

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& FEMINISM 1, 4-11 (1989) (discussing the standard use of the breach-of-promise action by women).
15/1 (West 1997)) ("[The breach-of-promise suit] has been used as an instrument for blackmail by unscrupulous persons for their unjust enrichment, due to the indefiniteness of the damages recoverable in such actions ....
But see GROSSBERG, supra note 10, at 56-58 (noting that the unusual evidentiary rules for breach-of-promise suits had been largely made to conform with other actions in the late 19th century, well before the legislative reforms).
(21.) See, e.g., Brown, supra note 13, at 4.91 (arguing that breach-of-promise suits amounted to "gross discrimination, entirely out of harmony with our modern ideas of the equality of the sexes"); Note, supra note 14, at 768 & n.27 (noting the practical unavailability of the action to men).
would simply be reviving breach-of-promise cases in another form.