equitable remedy

  

Definition

Court order that forces a defendant to perform his or her part of a contract, instead of imposing a fine (for non-performance or breach of contract) that lets the defendant 'buy' himself or herself out of his or her obligations under the contract. Courts take this step when they are of the opinion that a payment of damages only is not good enough for a just settlement of the case.

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  • The court had decided that an equitable remedy would be to pay for the shipping costs on the next shipment.

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  • I was really mad the the judge gave me an equitable remedy because I did not want to fulfill my end of the contract anymore.

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  • Because the judge ruled in favor of equitable remedy, the contractor will be required to fulfill his end of the contract instead of paying a fine and walking away from the deal.

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