Research guides

Restatement of Restitution


"The Restatement of [Restitution] deals with situations in which one person is accountable to another on the ground that otherwise he would unjustly benefit or the other would unjustly suffer loss." General Scope Note to Restatement of Restitution, at 1 (Am. Law Inst. 1937).

Series Information

The third series of Restitution was published in 2011. The supplement to the third series includes case citations from July 1986 to present for the first series and all case citations for the third series.

The second series of Restitution was started in 1981 but discontinued without a final product. Draft publications are available in print and on HeinOnline.

The first series of Restitution was published in 1937. Case citations for the first series up to June 1986 can be found in the appendices to the first series. Case citations from July 1986 to present for the first series can be found in the supplement to the third series.

Research Tip

For more information about the different Restatement series, see the About the Restatements page of this guide.

Superseded Status

For information on superseded status, see the publication page at or contact the American Law Institute.

Parallel Tables

To help researchers navigate between the different Restatement series, ALI includes "parallel tables", found before the index of most Restatement subjects. These tables show corresponding section numbers between two series of Restatements. Some parallel tables may connect section numbers of the final Restatement with one or more earlier drafts. When using these parallel tables to find where an older series (or draft) section is located in a newer series, be sure to check all volumes of the current series - the parallel tables only point to the sections found in that particular volume.

The Parallel Tables found in the back of volume 2 of the Restatement (Third) Restitution show corresponding Restatement (Third) Restitution and the Restatement of Restitution (1937) section numbers.

The Parallel Tables found in the back of the Restatement of Restitution (1937) show corresponding Restatement of Restitution (1937), Tentative Draft, and Proposed Final Draft section numbers.