FAQ

February 23, 2016

What is Joint and Several Liability?

Normally, only parties that can have responsibility traced back to them are liable for breach of contract. However, in contracts that specify joint and several liability, all parties will be bound by the same level of liability. In other words, each party bound by joint and several liability can be held liable for their own breaches as well as the breaches of every other party. In this way, parties that may not have had any involvement in the breach may still be held liable for their partner’s breaches. The suing party can collect from any and all of the opposing […]
February 23, 2016

Can a buyer force specific performance of a service contract?

Some breached contracts cannot be fixed by having a third party step in and complete the performance. For example, in a contract to tear down a building, it is easy enough for another company to destroy the building if the contracting party refuses. However, what about when a famous painter breaches his contract? Or a singer refuses to perform? In situations where only the contracting party’s performance is acceptable, because only he or she has the required skill or information, the court cannot order substitute performance. Instead, the court will attempt to attach a money value to the service the […]
February 23, 2016

Can a buyer request specific performance of a purchase and sales contract?

Occasionally there are situations where a seller refuses to hand over the purchased product even after the buyer has paid for it. In these cases, once the buyer has proved that the seller breached the contract, the buyer may have the option to enforce the seller’s performance of the contract. This is called “specific performance” of a contract and can be awarded as a remedy instead of money damages in certain cases.
February 23, 2016

Does the seller have any obligations to provide a warranty on the products he or she is selling?

Japanese contracts, by default, will include a seller’s warranty. This warranty covers a variety of situations that might arise, such as a third party claiming ownership or a latent defect in the goods.