In Schweiter v. Halsey, the Washington Supreme Court held that if a vendor of real property has not repudiated, but is ready, willing and able to perform, the vendee cannot recover payments made upon the purchase price although the earnest-money agreement does not satisfy the Statute of Frauds.
Stanley H. Barer,
Washington Case Law,
Contracts—Earnest-Money Payments—Vendee's Recovery Denied Where Agreement Fails to Comply with Statute of Frauds,
37 Wash. L. Rev.
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