Framing Contract Law: An Economic Perspective

Framing Contract Law: An Economic Perspective

by Victor Goldberg
     
 

The central theme of this book is that an economic framework--incorporating such concepts as information asymmetry, moral hazard, and adaptation to changed circumstances--is appropriate for contract interpretation, analyzing contract disputes, and developing contract doctrine. The value of the approach is demonstrated through the close analysis of major contract cases… See more details below

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The central theme of this book is that an economic framework--incorporating such concepts as information asymmetry, moral hazard, and adaptation to changed circumstances--is appropriate for contract interpretation, analyzing contract disputes, and developing contract doctrine. The value of the approach is demonstrated through the close analysis of major contract cases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674023123
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Victor Goldberg is Jerome L. Greene Professor of Transactional Law at Columbia Law School.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I Some Concepts

1. The Net Profits Puzzle

Part II Consideration

2. Reading Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon with Help from the Kewpie Dolls

3. Mutuality and the Jobber's Requirements: Middleman to the World

4. Satisfaction Clauses: Consideration without Good Faith

5. Postscript on Freedom from Contract

Part III Interpretation

6. Discretion in Long-Term Open Quantity Contracts: Reining in Good Faith

7. In Search of Best Efforts: Reinterpreting Bloor v. Falstaff

8. Columbia Nitrogen v. Royster: Do as They Say, Not as They Do

9. The "Battle of the Forms:" Fairness, Efficiency, and the Best-Shot Rule

Part IV Remedies

10. Campbell v. Wentz: The Case of the Walking Carrots

11. Expectation Damages and Property in the Price

12. The Middleman's Damages: Lost Profits or the Contract-Market Differential

13. An Economic Analysis of the Lost—Volume Retail Seller

14. Consequential Damages

15. A Reexamination of Glanzer v. Shepard: Surveyors on the Tort-Contract Boundary

Part V Option to Terminate

16. Bloomer Girl Revisited, or How to Frame an Unmade Picture

17. Bloomer Girl: A Postscript

18. Wasserman v. Township of Middletown: The Penalty Clause That Wasn't

Part VI Impossibility, Related Doctrines, and Price Adjustment

19. Price Adjustment in Long—Term Contracts

20. Impossibility and Related Excuses

21. Alcoa v. Essex: Anatomy of a Bungled Deal

22. Mineral Park v. Howard: The Irrelevance of Impracticability

Concluding Thoughts

Notes

References

Table of Cases

Index

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