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Prior to 48 hours in advance or be charged a 20 cancellation fee. By confirming this appointment, you are agreeing to this Cancellation Policy. It is pretty straight forward but I physically couldn’t get there. Is the enforcement of this policy legal? What can I do to eradicate this?
Asked on February 14, 2017 under Business Law, Connecticut
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
There is a legal doctrine called "impossibility," which states that if you CANNOT do something due to physical impossibility, an obligation is void. But it must be impossible: inconvenient, undesirable, even slightly dangerous (more dangerous than usual) is not enough--it would have to be that the roads were effectively impassable or actually closed.
That's the law. Practically, if the credit card company can't get your money back for you, there's nothing to do for $20--your only option would be to file a small claims case for the money, but not only would the filing fee exceed $20, but you'd spend hours on this. For small amounts, there sometimes is not good recourse.
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