Recently, I got hold of a contract with a rather strange term:

I understand that this document is written to be as broad and inclusive as legally permitted by the State of California. I agree that if any portion is held invalid or unenforceable, I will continue to be bound by the remaining terms.

How is this actually possible? How can I be bound by a contract that's been found to be invalid? And, by proxy, how can I actually escape a contract like this?

For reference, this is a version very similar to the contract that I have a copy of.


It's saying if part of the contract is found to be void or unenforceable, that the rest of it is still a contract.

It's called severability.

  • +1. Ah. I see now. Thanks and sorry for my noob question. Will accept in 5m.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Feb 14 '16 at 6:37

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