Whether you are entering into the sale of a business, working out the sale of a parcel of property or establishing a set of terms for a commercial lease, any one of these business activities comes down to a single thing – an underlying contract. The contract is the foundation for the entire transaction and, when a party breaches that agreement’s terms, causing you to suffer harm in the process, then you may have a claim for breach of contract. Pursuing that claim requires the closest attention to detail, as every word in the contract may matter and every decision you make, right down to the attachments you do or don’t include in your breach of contract complaint, can be the difference between success and failure. Experienced South Florida commercial litigation counsel can help you be sure you are best equipped to come out on the side of success in your case.
When it comes to the importance of details, a recent case from Fort Pierce is an example. The case involved a commercial property in that city. A grocery store was the tenant, and the lease agreement gave that tenant the right of first refusal in purchasing the property from the landlords. In 2017, a buyer expressed interest in buying both the grocery business and the property.
According to the grocery, it agreed to waive its right of first refusal. It allegedly did so to facilitate the buyer’s negotiations for the property purchase, but conditioned this waiver on the buyer proceeding with his purchase of the grocery. Allegedly, the buyer was not sincere in his overtures about buying the grocery. According to the tenant, the buyer quickly completed the purchase of the property, knowing that the lease agreement gave any new owner of the property a period of 60 days in which to terminate the lease agreement. After the sale was concluded, the buyer allegedly ceased attempting to buy the grocery and instead began efforts to evict the tenant.