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Jefferson Parish couple files breach of contract suit against contractor

In the majority of business arrangements entered into between parties in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a contract has been created. A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties. A party to a contract can be an individual or business. Parties enter into contracts because there is legal recourse in the event that one party fails to hold up his or her end of the agreement.

A couple from Jefferson Parish has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Brotherhood Way General Contractors LLC. The couple had previously entered into an $88,560 contract with the defendant for them to perform work on their home. The couple, however, maintains that it was after they had already paid the defendant $70,000 that they realized the contractors were doing incomplete and unacceptable work. As a result of the defendant's failures, the couple had to pay another contractor $50,000 to complete the work. The couple is seeking $50,000 in damages.

A contract creates certain obligations between the parties to the agreement. If either party later fails to fulfill his part of the agreement, that party is in breach of the contract. A breach can be a party's failure to perform on time or in accordance with the contract terms. If there is a breach, the non-breaching party may be able to file a lawsuit against the breaching party and either seek to have the contract enforced or recover for any financial harm sustained as a result of the breach.

In the present case, the couple is seeking to recover for financial harm it sustained as a result of the contractor's breach. Because the defendant performed unacceptable work, the couple had to pay another contractor $50,000, in addition to the $70,000 they had already paid the defendant, to complete the job. Ultimately, if the court finds that Brotherhood Way General Contractors breached its contract with the couple, they may be entitled to damages.

Source: The Louisiana Record, "Couple who paid contractor $70k suing over incomplete work," Kyle Barnett, May 13, 2013

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