Recently I met with a woman who was party to a contract with another person. The woman was extremely frustrated because the other party to the contract breached the contract. I read the contract and listened to the woman describe what happened. There was no doubt that a breach occurred. However, it was equally as clear that this woman did not sustain any harm, or damages, because of the breach. She did not lose any money or time or other opportunities.
I explained to her that, generally, for a person to win a lawsuit for breach of contract, the law requires that a breach occur and that damages result. Where there are no damages, there is usually no relief to be sought. So while breaching a contract may be wrong, it is not always enough to subject a person to a lawsuit.
If you have questions about a contract you have entered into with another party or what to do if someone has broken a contract with you, call me today at (480) 833-1113.
Attorney Profile: Nathaniel Wadsworth, Contract & Litigation Law (Civil & Commercial)