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Under modern law, detrimental reliance may be a proper reason in equity to specifically enforce an oral contract. The present rule applicable in most jurisdictions in the United States is succinctly set forth in Restatement (Second) of Contracts § 129 (1981).The section reads: 'A contract for the transfer of an interest in land may be specifically enforced notwithstanding failure to comply with the Statute of Frauds if it is established that the party seeking enforcement, in reasonable reliance on the contract and on the continuing assent of the party against whom enforcement is sought, has so changed his position that injustice can be avoided only by specific enforcement' (emphasis supplied). Comments a and b to § 129, read (in part): 'a. . . . This section restates what is widely known as the 'part performance doctrine.' Part performance is not an accurate designation of such acts as taking possession and making improvements when the contract does not provide for such acts, but such acts regularly bring the doctrine into play. The doctrine is contrary to the words of the Statute of Frauds, but it was established by English courts of equity soon after the enactment of the Statute. Payment ...

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