Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Thomas J. Hall and Judith A. Archer Thomas J. Hall and Judith A. Archer

In pari delicto is a centuries-old doctrine that prevents courts from intervening to resolve disputes between two wrongdoers. Rooted in principles of equity, in pari delicto acts as an affirmative defense to deny relief to an injured party where both parties are equally at fault. As explained by the Court of Appeals, the doctrine serves two important public policy purposes: (1) deterring illegality by denying judicial relief to an admitted wrongdoer and (2) deterring courts from involving themselves in cases between two wrongdoers. Kirschner v. KPMG, 15 N.Y.3d 446, 464 (2010).

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Benefits of a Digital Membership:

  • Free access to 3 articles* every 30 days
  • Access to the entire ALM network of websites
  • Unlimited access to the ALM suite of newsletters
  • Build custom alerts on any search topic of your choosing
  • Search by a wide range of topics

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?


New York Business LitigationBook

New York Business Litigation, edited by David R. Marriott, brings together 15 preeminent attorneys as chapter authors in this New York title published by the New York Law...

Get More Information

America's Claims Executive (ACE) 2020Event

ACE Leadership Forum & Expo is the annual conference for Senior Claims Managers in Insurance organizations.

Get More Information

Banking Litigation & Regulation Forum 2020Event

Delivers the key insights and practical solutions to acutely address the complex minefield of UK banking litigation & regulation.

Get More Information

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.