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See also Unclean hands. See also Equity (clean hands). Inequitable conduct by the plaintiff, directly related to the subject of litigation. This is the requirement that no one can came to a court of equity and demand justice when they themselves do not have clean hands; they must have acted in an equitable manner in order to invoke equity. The equitable principle which requires a denial of relief to a complainant who is himself guilty of inequitable conduct in reference to the matter in controversy.


'He who comes into equity must come with clean hands.' Cole v. Hood, 371 So. 2d 861, 863 (Miss. 1979). 


The Supreme Court has declared, 'It is one of the fundamental principles upon which equity jurisprudence is founded, that before a complainant can have a standing in court he must first show that not only has he a good and meritorious cause of action, but he must come into court with clean hands.' Keystone Driller Co. v. General Excavator Co., 290 U.S. 240, 244, 78 L. Ed. 293, 54 S. Ct. 146 (1933) (internal quotation marks and citation omitted). The Court has cautioned that lower courts must not be ...

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