unclean hands doctrine

unclean hands doctrine
Doctrine simply means that in equity, as in law, plaintiffs fault, like defendant's, may be relevant to question of what, if any, remedy plaintiff is entitled to. Shondel v. McDermott, C.A.Ind., 775 F.2d 859, 868.
Principle that one who has unclean hands is not entitled to relief in equity. Doctrine means no more than that one who has defrauded his adversary in the subject matter of the action will not be heard to assert right in equity. Under this doctrine, a court of equity may deny relief to a party whose conduct has been inequitable, unfair, and deceitful, but doctrine applies only when the reprehensible conduct complained of pertains to the controversy at issue. Goben v. Barry, 234 Kan. 721, 676 P.2d 90, 97

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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