Should there be a comma before the coordinating conjunction 'and' in this paragraph?

"The High court determined that no contract existed between the two parties because under an objective standard, a reasonable person could tell that no offer was intended and the alleged contract was void because it was for goods above $ 1200.00 and not in writing."

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    There is, first of all, a comma missing after 'because'. Welcome to EL&U. – Nigel J Mar 19 '18 at 15:34
  • @Nigel J Why a comma after "because" on the first line? – Zebrafish Mar 19 '18 at 15:50
  • @Nigel J: Alternatively, remove the comma after standard. It's a stylistic choice whether to set off the parenthetical clause in commas or not (though we usually would, with a long-ish clause in a relatively complex sentence like this). – FumbleFingers Mar 19 '18 at 16:23
  • Uh… others might and I don't believe that's a quotation, unless it comes from a scarcely literate journal. Almost the only thing clear about that passage is that it should use "… intended. The alleged… " Almost everything else brands it as not being written by a literate native speaker. – Robbie Goodwin Apr 1 '18 at 21:00

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