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Q: Where in the constitution does it refer to private rights to contract or that no state shall impair the right to contrac

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Daniel Gross
Daniel Gross
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Washington, DC
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: Article 1 Section 10 contains what is called the "Obligation of Contracts" clause which prohibits the government from making laws that that can impair the validity of existing contracts. This applies to legal contracts and the government can make the subject matter of the contract illegal. For example, if they make a certain drug illegal, then a contract to purchase it will be void. Please note that this is not legal advice but rather general information only.

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