A NSWER TO V IDEO Q UESTION L TR C Now assume that the contract between Eddie

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A NSWER   TO  V IDEO  Q UESTION  L TR . C Now assume that the contract between Eddie and Jack is unenforceable.  Nevertheless, Jack performs his side of the bargain (brings in the Duke). Does Jack have any legal recourse in this situation?  Why or why not? Jack may have a remedy based on quasi contract, an equitable theory imposed by courts to obtain justice and prevent unjust enrichment in a situation in which no enforceable contract exists. Jack would have to show that he conveyed a benefit upon Eddie and did so with the expectation of being paid.  He would also need to show that he did not volunteer to bring back the Duke, and that allowing Eddie to retain the benefit (of not forfeiting his bond) without paying for it would result in unjust enrichment.  If
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CHAPTER 18:  BREACH OF CONTRACTS AND REMEDIES           97 Jack can show all of these elements, he may be able to recover. VI. Election of Remedies A. T HE  P URPOSE   OF   THE  D OCTRINE The purpose of the election of remedies doctrine is to prevent double recovery—if a party could re- cover compensatory damages and specific performance, he or she would recover twice for the same breach. The text includes an example and notes the harshness of the doctrine. B. T HE  UCC’ S  R EJECTION   OF   THE  D OCTRINE Under the UCC, remedies are cumulative.  In a suit based on fraud, for instance, the defrauded party may obtain rescission of the contract, restitution of the benefits conferred, and any damages due to the fraud.  Of course, parties may still not recover twice for the same harm. C. P LEADING   IN   THE  A LTERNATIVE When a party brings a suit for breach of contract, he or she can ask the court for damages or some other remedy. As the trial progresses, the party can elect whichever remedy seems appropriate or the court can decide to order one or the other. VII. Waiver of Breach A. C ONSEQUENCES   OF   A  W AIVER   OF  B REACH If a nonbreaching party accepts defective performance, he or she cannot take later action on the theory that the contract was broken. B. W AIVER   OF  B REACH   AND  S UBSEQUENT  B REACHES A waiver extends only to the matter waived and not to the whole contract nor generally to future breaches, unless there is a “pattern” of waivers. A waiver only operates to keep a contract going. The breaching party remains liable for damages for the breach. VIII. Contract Provisions Limiting Remedies Provisions that affect the availability of certain remedies may be enforced, depending on the type of breach excused by the provision.
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