"Without recourse" example

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1.  People injured by a tort might find themselves without recourse if the tortfeasor cannot be found or if a statute of limitations has run.

2.  Kevin holds a garage sale and some buyers pay with personal checks.  He generally trusts that the checks will not bounce, but just in case, decides to endorse them without recourse.  If the buyers have insufficient funds in their accounts, Kevin does not want to be held accountable by the bank.  By depositing these checks, the bank agrees to abide by Kevin's terms of deposit.