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Breach of Contract Attorney
in Lafayette, Louisiana

Construction projects are usually capital intensive. To protect their investments, the parties involved in a construction project will enter into a legally-binding agreement, indicating terms and outlining what to expect. If one party defaults on any of its contractual obligations or fails to deliver expected results under the agreement, a contract dispute may arise.

According to the ARCADIS Global Construction Disputes Report of 2019, about 30% of construction projects end in a dispute. If you’re involved in a contract dispute with a construction vendor or if you are thinking about filing a breach of contract claim against another construction business, you need to consult with an experienced Louisiana construction law attorney for effective guidance.

At J. Clay LeJeune, Attorney at Law, LLC, we are dedicated to offering knowledgeable legal guidance, advocacy, and comprehensive representation to clients in their breach of contract claims. As your legal counsel, we will evaluate every detail of your case, examine the terms of the original contract, and outline an effective strategy to pursue your case and help you achieve a favorable outcome.

J. Clay LeJeune, Attorney at Law, LLC proudly serves clients across Lafayette, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas of Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, Acadia, and Jefferson Davis.

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Breach of Contract in Louisiana

With respect to construction law, a breach of contract occurs when one party (construction vendor or construction business) in a valid and legally-binding contract fails to deliver according to the terms and provisions of the agreement. It involves a failure to carry out any contractual obligation without a reasonable legal excuse.

Types of Breaches

The various types of breaches of contract include:

Minor Breach: A minor breach of contract occurs when one party defaults on some part of their contractual obligation, though the other party receives some deliverables of the contract.

Material Breach: A material breach of contract occurs when one party fails to perform their contractual obligations totally or promptly. As a result of a material breach, the affected party will receive deliverables that are totally different or significantly lower than what was expected.

Anticipatory Breach: An anticipatory breach occurs when one party to the contract indicates that they will fail to fulfill their contractual obligations. Even if the breach hasn’t occurred, you may hold the potential breaching party responsible.

Actual Breach: An actual breach of contract is a breach that has already occurred. In an actual breach, the breaching party has incompletely or inadequately performed their contractual obligations or refused to fulfill their expected duties as indicated in the agreement.

If you believe a contract with a construction business has been – or is about to be – breached, you need to get in touch with a skilled construction law attorney right away. Your lawyer can examine the type of breach that has occurred, help you understand the elements of a breach of contract claim, and determine the ideal approach to resolve the contract issue or seek damages.

Elements of a Breach of Contract Claim

In order to establish a breach of contract claim, the plaintiff must prove the following elements:

  • A valid or binding contract existed.

  • You honored or performed your part of the contract.

  • A material breach by the defendant occurred due to the failure to perform their part of the contract.

  • You suffered damages due to the contract breach.

An experienced lawyer can evaluate every detail of your case, help establish your breach of contract claim, and take appropriate legal action against the delinquent construction business.

Understanding Anticipatory Repudiation

Anticipatory repudiation occurs when one party to a contract refuses to perform their contractual obligations or expected duties under the agreement. Such refusal may be expressed by an action or statement that clearly implies refusal or a clear statement of refusal.

Therefore, you may be eligible to file a breach of contract claim or lawsuit against the construction vendor for reneging on a promise under the agreement. An experienced attorney can help you file your breach of contract action and pursue your rightful compensation.

Damages Available

The following damages may be recovered by filing a breach of contract claim in Louisiana:

Compensatory Damages: Money awarded to compensate you for the damages suffered

Liquidated Damages: The agreed-upon damages indicated in the contract in the event of a breach of contract

Nominal Damages: Damages awarded to show that the non-breaching party was right

Punitive Damages: Exemplary damages awarded to further punish the breaching party for their appalling actions

Others: Some other damages that may be awarded include:

  • Loss of use

  • Loss of credit

  • Restitution

  • Rescission

  • Cancellation of the contract

  • Specific performance

A skilled Louisiana breach of contract attorney can help protect your legal rights and attempt to pursue the maximum possible compensation.  

Work With an Experienced
Construction Law Attorney

Disputes may arise at any phase of the construction process when one party fails to honor the terms of the contract. Unfortunately, resolving such contract disputes often involves a lot of complexities and may result in fierce legal battles. Therefore, if you’re involved in a contract dispute with a construction vendor, hiring an experienced construction law attorney is crucial for proper guidance and to protect your best interests.

At J. Clay LeJeune, Attorney at Law, LLC, our attorneys have the experience and resources to guide and represent clients in complex legal matters involving breaches of contracts. As your legal counsel, we can evaluate every detail of your case and explore your available dispute resolution options. Also, our skilled legal team will work diligently with all parties involved to settle such contract disputes and other construction issues efficiently and without compromising long-term professional well-being.

Breach of Contract Attorney
Serving Lafayette, Louisiana

If you’re involved in a contract dispute or are considering filing a breach of contract claim, contact J. Clay LeJeune, Attorney at Law, LLC today to schedule a simple case assessment. Our dedicated attorneys can offer you the detailed legal guidance, strong representation, and reliable advocacy you need in your breach of contract lawsuit. We’re proud to serve clients across Lafayette, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, Acadia, and Jefferson Davis, Louisiana.