clean hands doctrine

clean hands doctrine
Under this doctrine, equity will not grant relief to a party, who, as actor, seeks to set judicial machinery in motion and obtain some remedy, if such party in prior conduct has violated conscience or good faith "Or other equitable principle. Franklin v. Franklin, 365 Mo. 442, 283 S.W.2d 483, 486.
One seeking equitable relief cannot take advantage of one's own wrong. Fair Automotive Repair, Inc. v. Car-X Service Systems, Inc., 2 Dist, 128 Ill.App.3d 763, 84 Ill.Dec. 25, 471 N.E.2d 554, 558

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