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Intentional Breach of Contract

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All businesses rely on contracts to establish the responsibilities and expectations of other companies they rely on. Whether these are business to business transactions, construction agreements, or even employer-employee contracts, all of them protect both parties from legal repercussions. When someone breaches this contract intentionally, therefore, a business might be forced to seek compensation for its losses as a result.

If you’ve experienced an intentional breach of contract, talk to our skilled Houston business litigation attorney about your situation as soon as possible. Patterson, P.C. can offer you experienced legal advice regarding your best course of action in this case.

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What is Intentional Breach of Contract?

Prosecuting intentional breach of contract means proving the offending party violated the contract “willfully.” This means the breaching party acted knowing that taking or failing to take an act would reasonably cause a breach of the agreement. Proving an intentional breach can be difficult without the assistance of an attorney.

Types of Contract Breaches

There are three kinds of ways a person or business could violate a business contract. These types include the following:

  • Non-material breach: one party fails to perform a minor, non-essential obligation specified in a product, though the service or product is ultimately delivered
  • Material/ fundamental breach: one party fails to complete terms essential to the contract’s completion
  • Anticipatory breach: when the non-breaching party sees the preaching party will not meet its contractual obligations, terminates the contract, and sues for damage prior to the breach

Typically, contracts that did not lead to a material or anticipatory breach are overlooked by the non-breaching party. However, when a failure to meet contractual obligation leads to significant profit loss, a business can sue for compensation.

Remedies for Breaches

If you’ve experienced an intentional breach of contract, there are remedies available to you. Damages and compensatory damages can be rewarded to make up for any loss you or your company experienced as a result of the breach. The two types of compensatory damages you could win include expectation damages and consequential damages.

Expectation damages might cover what you intended to get out of the contract, based on the contract itself or market value. Consequential damages are designed to cover indirect damages by the breach of contract. For example, if the violation of contract contributed indirectly to your loss of profits, those lost profits would be compensated.

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