The Mailbox Rule And Electronic Contracts

A valid and enforceable contract requires an offer and an acceptance. The mailbox rule was a common law doctrine that provided that an acceptance made in response to an offer is valid and forms a binding contract at the time of dispatch. In the age of the Internet and more and more individuals using electronic mail to converse and discuss business propositions, so the question becomes when is this acceptance valid and what terms are being accepted.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the rationale behind the Mailbox Rule?
So how does a contract or transaction avoid the Mailbox Rule?
What about contracts that are formed on a website page?


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