What is CAVEAT EMPTOR?

Let the buyer take care. This maxim summarizes the rule that the purchaser of an article must examine, judge, and test It for himself, being bound to discover any obvious defects or imperfections. Miller v. Tiffany, 1 Wall. 309, 17 L. Ed. 540; Barnard v. Kellogg, 10 Wall. 388, 19 L. Ed. 9S7; Slaughter v. Gerson, 13 Wall. 3S3, 20 L. Ed. 627; Hargous v. Stone. 5 N. Y. 82; Wissler v. Craig. SO Va. 32; Wright v. Hart, 18 Wend. (N. Y.) 453. Caveat emptor, qui ignorare non debuit quod jus alienum emit. Hob. 99. Let a purchaser beware, who ought not to be ignorant that he is purchasing the rights of another.

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