Saturday, July 26, 2008

Breach of contract??

This story really got me. I'm still not sure how I feel about it.

Man proposes to Woman. Woman moves to Man's town, giving up a good paying job for a not so great one.
Man decides he does not want to marry Woman.
Woman sues.
Man looses.
Woman gets $150,000.

On one hand, the man screwed her over. I guess. There is always two sides to the story. But the one that the court believed was that she got screwed and deserved monetary compensation for this.

Aren't things like compromise and giving up things for the one you love part of the risks you take for love? Men and women get screwed all the time, but only because they take risks to find what it is they are looking for. It doesn't always work out.

I'm afraid with more cases like this, people will stop taking the risks for fear of being sued. All because their feelings changed, or they learned something about this person that they realized they could not live with.

But, maybe people will be less apt to rush into things. Take their time getting to know each other before popping that big question.

On the other hand, there are those people who tend to use people. Women and men both use others for money, short-term affections, etc...and then move on. Will cases like this stop them??

This case really bothers me.

1 comment:

goodsnake said...

No offense, but this is a pure example of contract law. When the gentleman in question asked the woman to leave her job in her town to live in his town to marry him, he entered into a verbal contract. She had to sue because she cannot return to life as it was prior to the request. The gentleman was clearly in breech of contract because he did not marry her, nor did he offer her money to reestablish her life she gave up when he entered into the contract to marry her.

I think people don't fully think about the consequences of their actions and therefore end up getting sued. He should have made sure that is what he really wanted before he asked her to give up her life.