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Taking another company to court over significant contract issues

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Contracts

The decision to sign a contract with another business should be beneficial to an organization. Their contractual arrangements could help control operational expenses or might give them access to resources that other businesses do not have. A contract can lead to affordable materials for production, reliable outsourced services or a consistent stream of revenue for a business.

Unfortunately, simply signing a contract does not guarantee that both parties appropriately fulfill their obligations to each other. For example, a business that has already received services from another company might refuse to pay in full. A supplier or service provider may fail to follow through with their obligations, disrupting a company’s schedule and affecting its budget. Executives or owners at a business negatively affected by a breach of contract may need to pursue litigation as a means of resolving the matter.

What does that process typically entail?

Sending formal notice

Sometimes, changes in leadership require other challenges at another company could contribute to a breach of contract scenario. It is therefore advisable in most scenarios to send advance written notice to the party that breached the contract. A letter outlining how they failed to fulfill contractual obligations and explaining the possible consequences, including penalties outlined in the contract, could sometimes motivate the party and breach of the contract to correct the issue.

Filing a lawsuit

Ideally, the parties embroiled in a dispute find a way to cooperate with one another to resolve a contract breach. However, a business that has refused to fulfill contractual obligations might continue to do so even after receiving a letter warning about the issue. The other party may soon determine that filing a civil lawsuit is a reasonable response to the breach of contract. If a letter was not enough to motivate someone to resolve the contract issues, notice of a pending lawsuit could be.

Many business lawsuits eventually settle outside of court. However, a small percentage do go on to trial because an amicable resolution simply isn’t possible. A judge hearing a breach of contract case could award the plaintiff damages, terminate future contractual obligations or order specific performance. A judge can effectively enforce the contract by requiring that one party follow through with their promises.

At the end of the days, having the right support when responding to breach of contract issues can increase an organization’s chances of successfully resolving their challenges.