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What Constitutes Breach of Contract in Washington, DC?

Many Washington, D.C. individuals and businesses enter into contractual relationships to protect the integrity of business transactions. These may include purchasing property, developing products or forming partnerships and other relationships. When this contract is violated, it may result in a situation in which both parties feel as though a wrong has been done. Tobin, O’Connor & Ewing can consult with you and represent your case in court. We use our contract law expertise to give you an edge.

What is Breach of Contract in Washington, DC?

Washington, DC contracts—as anywhere—may be oral, written or implied. If any duty or stipulation specified in the contract does not happen, one party may sue the other party for breach of contract. There are legal excuses that may be made in the event of a breach of contract, and, depending on the severity of the breach, the contract may still technically be binding, even if a breach occurs. Furthermore, a breach of contract may not always make the plaintiff eligible for damages of some sort. Quality legal representation can ensure a just, fair result for either side in a breach of contract case.

What Damages Can Be Claimed for Breach of Contract?

Damages claimed by plaintiffs vary widely in Washington, DC. The main point for both plaintiffs and defendants to understand is that contract holders have a legal duty to mitigate damages that occur because of the breach of contract. The damages claimed in court can only be enough to compensate the plaintiff for the loss of money or value resulting from the breach. This includes incidental and consequential damages, which must be calculated and communicated to the party in breach of contract prior to the legal case. Except in very rare cases, no punitive damages result from breach of contract.

To discuss how we may help you achieve your legal objectives, contact Tobin, O’Connor & Ewing. We can be your best resource, and we look forward to serving you.

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