breach of promise


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breach of promise

n. historically the dumping of a female fiancee by her intended husband after he had proposed marriage and she had accepted. She was entitled to file a suit for damages for the embarrassment of the broken engagement. Such lawsuits were gradually outlawed in various states and no longer exist. (See: breach)

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breach of promise

(formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry. In Scots law and other civilian jurisdictions, breach of a unilateral promise maybe actionable, absent consideration or estoppel.
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This could have created a large impact on litigation costs and the ultimate liability of the principals in this fraud case, or if the contractor had it been a breach of promise case.
According to Courthouse News, Cooper then sued him for fraud and breach of promise to marry, claiming she quit her job took child-rearing responsibilities expecting that he would marry her.
The argument is simply that the efficiency properties of pay-or-perform make it a more useful term for most parties than perform-no-matter-what, that it is therefore reasonable to imply it as a default rule in ordinary contracts, and most importantly, that if parties include a pay-or-perform term in their contracts, whether explicitly or implicitly, it is not a breach of promise when it is exercised.
And you can't really blame him because that's what happens in the movies up to the bit about breach of promise lawsuits anyway - and it's ingrained into his subconscious.
My argument against the efficient-breach rationale presupposes that there are occasions on which breach of contract is immoral because the contractual breach is a relevant instance of an immoral form of breach of promise. This presupposition has most recently been criticized, at least with respect to incomplete contracts, by Steven Shavell.
The jilted bride sues Edwin for breach of promise and so ensues an uproarious operetta full of courtroom antics with the judge, usher and counsel all having very definite opinions on the proceedings.
The jilted bride sues Edwin for breach of promise and so ensues an operetta full of music, song and fully staged theatrics.
Resident and former Selectman Lance May suggested that the commission use Massachusetts General Law Chapter 93A to force the utility company out of the area based on "breach of promise and inappropriate remedy."
For the sixteenth century the sources focus on pre-Tridentine rituals in Venice, episcopal visits in Verona, disciplining women in Feltre, underage wives in Naples, and bigamy in Naples; for the seventeenth century, violence and the role of Neapolitan judges; and for the eighteenth century, breach of promise suits in Trent.
On the very same day that this article was published, the Leader of the UK Conservative MEPs, Giles Chichester, was making a formal speech in the plenary session in Brussels in which he highlighted the fact that a referendum had been promised by the UK Labour Government, and that a failure to hold one was a breach of promise by Gordon Brown.
as to penalize breach of promise by the promisor").

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