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Illinois Forms of Jury Instruction
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Mary Catherine McGuire ;and Alexandria D'Italia

Chapter Summary


This chapter, Formation of Contract, from Illinois Forms of Jury Instruction contains jury instructions for cases of contract formation. The chapter is divided into three parts covering general principles of contract formation, offer and acceptance, and construction of contract terms.

It includes instructions on the general principles of contract formation such as breach of contract, proof of formation, promissory estoppel, oral contracts, mutual consent, express and implied contracts, incomplete instruments, and agreements to contract in the future. It also considers the elements of a valid contract: offer, acceptance, and consideration. In the context of offer, the chapter examines the alternative offer, revocation or withdrawal, and lapse. With respect to acceptance, the chapter examines counteroffer and acceptance, rejection and acceptance by mail. The coverage of consideration addresses conditional promises, preexisting obligation, forbearance of a legal right, past consideration and consideration for options. The chapter concludes with coverage of construction of contract terms and intent of the parties.

Illinois Forms of Jury Instruction (Matthew Bender) provides a practical guide to drafting instructions that accurately reflect Illinois law and are comprehensible to jurors, combining both Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions (IPI) and non-IPI jury instructions. It covers general and cautionary instructions, as well as instructions in the substantive areas of contracts, torts, and statutory actions. The suggested instructions are accompanied by the case or statutory authorities on which the instruction is based, and a subsection explaining how and when an instruction should be used with guidelines for using alternative provisions.


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See Chapter 2 for coverage of instructions on damages.

See Chapter 11 for instructions on defenses to contract formation.

See Chapter 12 for coverage of instructions on performance and breach of contract.


See Corbin on Contracts (Matthew Bender) for exhaustive and authoritative analysis of all the rules of contract law, including all exceptions and variations.

See Commercial Damages: A Guide to Remedies in Business (Matthew Bender) for expert analysis of specific remedies; examination of litigation costs, economic factors, and other relevant practical considerations for both plaintiffs' and defendants' attorneys; and coverage of specific situations in which the business entity has been damaged, including remedies for breach of contract for the sale or lease of goods.

See Illinois Jurisprudence (Matthew Bender) for an encyclopedia of Illinois law providing a one-step, comprehensive synthesis of more than 350 subject areas, covering criminal law and procedure, probate, family law, business relationships, personal injury and torts, property, commercial law, municipal law, labor and employment, insurance, civil procedure, education law, workers' compensation, health law, and elder law.

See Modern Federal Jury Instructions--Civil (Matthew Bender) for authoritative jury instructions for any federal civil case, including general instructions covering such areas as the function of the court and jury, burden of proof, evidence, inferences, and damages, along with substantive instructions for specific violations relating to antitrust, securities, RICO, intellectual property, civil rights, and discrimination.
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