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Effect of Illegal Contract

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EFFECT OF ILLEGAL CONTRACT. Where the contract is illegal it is void and the party promising is released from his promise whether made under seal or by parol, the defense of illegality is not a favor to either of the parties, but is allowed in the inter est of the public. (Lyon v. Waldo, 36 Mich. 353; Buf fendeau v. Brooks, 28 Cal. 641.)