Just what in the heck does it mean when somebody says that your in violation of a breach of contract ??? Well, kind of in a nutshell, it means that it's the kind of contract that's been terminated, canned, axed, or blown off if the contract has been violated or broken without any legitimate reason. If any of the conditions of the contract have been broken, and there's no logical, lawful, reasonable explanation for it, and it's illegal because there's no legitimate reason for it, then we've got a nasty little situation that we refer to as a breach of contract. I suppose the most popular form of all, which would serve as an excellent example of a breach of contract for our purposes here, is a situation where the seller decides not to deliver the title to the buyer. The seller's in a $#@!* load of hot water because the buyer now has a slew of legal reasons to sue in order to make the seller either cough up the title or have to deal with Perry Mason.
This brings us to a little thing we call specific performance. What in the devil is specific performance, David? Well, the jilted buyer says to the judge, "Judge, make that %$#@ seller go through with the sale of the house and make that %$#@* seller give me the title just like we agreed to do in the contract that I signed with that %$%#@* seller! And, oh yeah, Your Honor, I want to sue the $#@!* seller for damages because of the suffering and hard-knocks that the %$#@* seller needlessly put me through !" The additional request for damages is a little perk for the buyer because of the suffering the buyer had to endure as a result of the %$#@!* seller's breach of contract.
On the other hand, if the buyer breaches the contract, the seller can do the same doggone thing in reverse, which is basically suing for specific performance, and ask the court, "Your Honor, I want to sue that %$#@* buyer for damages, and not only damages, but I want the full purchase price of house, too." If granted, the court will make the %$#@* buyer pay the full purchase price of the house, and possibly even award damages to the seller also because of the hardship created by the failure of the buyer to honor the contract.
There are all kinds of reasons to terminate a contract, but a breach is probably the ugliest way to try to get out of it. What do you think?
Words with asterick * = crooked (you don't really believe that do you) :-)
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