Breach of contract is an act or civil wrong where one or both of the contracting parties breach the bargain or agreement made for the performance of the act. The term breach of contract generally refers to any act or omission that results in a breach of the agreement. While a breach of contract may occur between a business owner and employee, it may also happen between tenants and landlords. It is usually considered an unfair practice for a business or landlord to fail to comply with the contractual obligation.
In contrast to breaches of promises or trusts, which are relatively simple contractual obligations, serious breach of fiduciary duty is when an employee or officer of a company, a public official or a candidate for public office breaches the duties imposed upon him or her. A classic example is the situation where a contractor who was hired to build a commercial building gets so carried away with his project that he does not complete it on time. This will lead to an argument regarding breach of fiduciary duty. The court may hold that the contractor's breach of promise to provide work in a timely manner deprived the client of prospective profits; in this case, damages may be awarded.
Similarly, a landlord or a business owner may need to prove that a material breach of the lease or agreement has occurred. In this situation, if the landlord fails to do something that he signed and agreed to as part of the lease, he has breached the agreement. He may need to prove that, as a result of his failure to fulfill his obligations, the tenant has caused damage to or has occupied premises unoccupied. If the lease conditions explicitly state that a landlord must perform all acts in good faith, he may need to show that he has not followed this provision.
However, the court may hold that breach of contractual obligations can occur even if one party is protected by a specific statute. The pertinent example here is that of the "good faith" rule. Under this rule, the person must only perform acts that are reasonable and necessary to avoid a harm or loss to a third party. A court can issue an order to a landlord or a business owner to cease and desist from doing something that it considers unreasonable. As a matter of fact, the court can issue an order to refrain from doing something that is likely to cause harm to a third party - where there is no likelihood of damage to the third party arising from the conduct of one party. However, where one party is protected by the statute, the court cannot order the other to perform a breach of a duty where such act would likely result in damage to the third party.
Finally, the third category involves a breach of warranty or indemnity. Under normal circumstances, a breach of warranty is considered to be "willful and wantful." The relevant term in this context is "purport" - where the person who utters the disclaimer or other express agreement believes that his conduct is likely to breach the promise/agreement. An example of a common example of this would be where a cookware manufacturer issues a non-refundable warranty to the consumer stating that should the consumer to discover that the cookware is defective, he must return it to the company for a full refund of the money paid. Where the breach of warranty involves a breach of service/repair warranties, the breach is considered to be an actionable breach of a warranty.
In the United States, breach of a warranty or indemnity comes down to three different types, each of which is subject to different degrees of liability. As previously noted, a breach of promise/agreement to repair or replace the product is liable to punish with damages, whereas breach of service/repair is punished only if the act actually results in damage to a third party. Finally, breach of warranty per se is punished only if the defendant actually fulfills the obligation owed under the warranty, rather than merely failing to do so. A typical breach of warranty will not necessarily result in damages, but will most likely be interpreted as a breach of some sort.