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Contracts

University of Connecticut

2011

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You Do Have To Keep Your Promises: A Disgorgement Theory Of Contract Remedies, Peter Siegelman, Steven Thel Jan 2011

You Do Have To Keep Your Promises: A Disgorgement Theory Of Contract Remedies, Peter Siegelman, Steven Thel

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Contract law is generally understood to require no more of a person who breaches a contract than to give the injured promisee the "benefit of the bargain." The law is thus assumed to permit a promise-breaker to keep any profit remaining from breach, after putting the victim in the position he would have been in had the promise been performed. This conventional description is radically wrong: across a wide range of circumstances, standard contract doctrines actually do require people to keep their promises, or to disgorge their entire profit from breach if they do not. Rather than protecting the expectation …