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Fault in American Contract Law


  • Page extent: 336 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.68 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 346.7302/2
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: KF836 .F38 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Breach of contract--United States

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521769853)

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Representing an unprecedented joint effort from top scholars in the field, this volume collects original contributions to examine the fundamental role of “fault” in contract law. Is it immoral to breach a contract? Should a breaching party be punished more harshly for willful breach? Does it matter if the victim of breach engaged in contributory fault? Is there room for a calculus of fault within the “efficient breach” framework? For generations, contract liability has been viewed as a no-fault regime, in sharp contrast to tort liability. Is this dichotomy real? Is it justified? How do the American and European traditions compare? In exploring these and related issues, the essays in this volume bring together a variety of outlooks, including economic, psychological, philosophical, and comparative approaches to law.


Part I. The Case for Strict Liability: 1. Let us never blame a contract breaker Richard A. Posner; 2. In (partial) defense of strict liability in contract Robert E. Scott; 3. The fault principle as the chameleon of contract law: a market function approach Stefan Grundmann; Part II. The Case for Fault: 4. How fault shapes contract law George M. Cohen; 5. Fault in contract law Eric A. Posner; 6. The role of fault in contract law: unconscionability, unexpected circumstances, interpretation, mistake, and nonperformance Melvin Aron Eisenberg; Part III. Between Strict Liability and Fault: 7. Fault at the contract-tort interface Roy Kreitner; 8. The many faces of fault in contract law: or how to do economics right, without really trying Richard A. Epstein; 9. The productive tension between official and unofficial stories of fault in contract law Martha M. Ertman; Part IV. Willful Breach: 10. When is a willful breach 'willful'? The link between definitions and damages Richard Craswell; 11. Willful breach: an efficient screen for efficient breach Peter Siegelman and Steve Thel; 12. An information theory of willful breach Oren Bar-Gill and Omri Ben-Shahar; 13. Contract law and the willfulness diversion Barry E. Adler; Part V. Comparative Fault: 14. A comparative fault defense in contract law Ariel Porat; 15. Stipulated damages, super-strict liability, and mitigation in contract law Saul Levmore; 16. Creditor's fault: in search of a comparative frame Fabrizio Caffagi; Part VI. The Morality of Breach: 17. Why breach of contract may not be immoral given the incompleteness of contracts Steven Shavell; 18. Fault and harm in breach of contract Dori Kimel; 19. Fault in contracts, a psychological approach Tess Wilkinson-Ryan.


Omri Ben-Shahar, Ariel Porat, Richard A. Posner, Robert E. Scott, Stefan Grundmann, George M. Cohen, Eric A. Posner, Melvin Aron Eisenberg, Roy Kreitner, Richard A. Epstein, Martha M. Ertman, Richard Craswell, Peter Siegelman, Steve Thel, Oren Bar-Gill, Barry E. Adler, Saul Levmore, Fabrizio Caffagi, Steven Shavell, Dori Kimel, Tess Wilkinson-Ryan

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