ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
CaseCast™ – "What you need to know"
Brief Fact Summary. Plaintiffs leased their farmland to Defendant for strip mining on the condition that Defendant fill in the holes Defendant made after the completion of the mining. Defendant did not fill in the holes.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Damages for breach of contract cannot be so excessive that they cause economic waste
Issue. Is Defendant liable for the costs of the remedial work?
Case law, statute and Restatement of Contracts limit damages to those that do not cause economic waste or to those damages where the costs involved are not disproportional to the end obtained. Plaintiffs may not gain more in damages for a breach of contract that actual performance is worth.
It is unlikely that a reasonable landowner would spend $29,000.00 to increase the value of a piece of land by $300.00.