Battle of the Forms Law and Legal Definition

Battle of the Forms refers to clash of standard forms exchanged between a buyer and a seller during contract negotiations. The rules of offer and acceptance are difficult to apply in certain circumstances is also known as the battle of the forms, wherein parties want to enter into a contract, but are put in a difficult position in an attempt to use the rules of law so as to ensure that the contract is on terms of their choosing.

The following is a case law defining battle of forms:

Battle of the forms refers to the not uncommon situation in which one business firm makes an offer in the form of a preprinted form contract and the offeree responds with its own form contract. [Northrop Corp. v. Litronic Indus., 29 F.3d 1173 (7th Cir. Ill. 1994)].