Breach Of Contract FAQs

The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP, represents plaintiffs and defendants in breach of contract litigation. Our business attorneys have an impressive depth of knowledge of contract law and are ready to answer all your questions.

Here are some answers to some general questions about contract disputes that we often receive:

  • What types of damages can my business get? Most of the time, the plaintiff to a breach of contract lawsuit seeks financial damages. These can take the form of compensatory damages, punitive damages and/or restitution of benefits conveyed to the breaching party. In special circumstances, you might instead seek specific performance, meaning the breaching party is compelled to perform its obligations under the contract.
  • How long do I have to file suit? New York state's statute of limitations on litigation related to a written contract is six years. Statutes of limitations impose time limits on how long parties have to sue. In general, the clock starts from the date the breach occurred.
  • Must the contract have been written? Some contracts must be written to be valid in New York, but not in every case.
  • How can I defend against a breach of contract claim? One common defense is that the contract you allegedly breached was not valid for some reason. For example, a contract that was signed under fraud or duress, or contains a significant mistake, would be ruled invalid.

To learn more about how contract law applies to your particular situation, call the business lawyers of The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP, at 716-849-6500 or contact us online today. We practice law in Buffalo and serve clients in Erie and Niagara counties.