REMEDIES FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT. REMEDIES FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT. When one of the parties to the contract makes a breach of the contract the following remedies are available to the other party.
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Sometimes a party to the contract instead of recovering damages for the breach may have recourse to the alternative remedy of specific performance of the contract, or an injunction restraining the other party from making a breach of the contract. Provisions regarding these remedies have been contained in the Specific Relief Act, 1963.
In an action for damages for the breach of contract there arise two kinds of problems :
The rule in Hadley Vs. Baxendale consists of two parts.
On the breach of a contract such damages can be recovered,
(1) as may fairy and reasonably be considered arising naturally, i.e., according to the usual course of things from such breach,
(2) as may reasonably be supposed to have been in the contemplation of both parties at the time they made the contract.
In either case it is necessary that the resulting damage is the probable result of the breach of contract.
The principle stated in the two branches of the rule is virtually the rule of “reasonable foresight.” The liability of the party making the breach of contract depends on the knowledge, imputed or actual, of the loss likely to arise in case of breach of contact. The first branch of the rule allows damages for the loss arising naturally, i.e. in the usual course of things from the breach. The parties are deemed to know about the likelihood of such loss. The second branch of the rule deals with the recovery of more loss which results from the special circumstances of the case. Such loss is recoverable, if the possibility of such loss was actually within the knowledge of the parties, particularly the party who makes a breach of the contract, at the time of making the contract.
The essentials of an action of quantum meruit are as follows :
For instance, if A agrees to deliver B 500 bags of wheat and when A has already delivered 100 bags B refuses to accept any further supply, A can recover from B the value of wheat which he has already delivered.