RESPONDENT: John Peck
DOCKET NO.: None
DECIDED BY: Marshall Court (1807-1810)
ARGUED: Feb 15, 1810 / Mar 01, 1809 / Mar 02, 1809 / Mar 03, 1809 / Mar 04, 1809
DECIDED: Mar 16, 1810
Facts of the case
In 1795, the Georgia state legislature passed a land grant awarding territory to four companies. The following year, however, the legislature voided the law and declared all rights and claims under it to be invalid. In 1800, John Peck acquired land that was part of the original legislative grant. He then sold the land to Robert Fletcher three years later, claiming that past sales of the land had been legitimate. Fletcher argued that since the original sale of the land had been declared invalid, Peck had no legal right to sell the land and thus committed a breach of contract.
Could the contract between Fletcher and Peck be invalidated by an act of the Georgia legislature?