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People break contracts all the time. In fact, if you are losing money on a deal it's your duty as a rational actor to break your contract.

Underwater on your mortgage? Foreclose it.

Yes and you are likely to have some ramifications for breaking said contract. Most of the comments here are along the lines of not agreeing with marco's sentiment of we won't fault you. They will fault him and his breaking of the contract will not be all cheers.

If I were a textmate user I would be looking at alternatives that actually deliver updates in a timely manner and don't break promises.

OMG! Seriously? What kind of stupid logic is that? If you use this line with your business, prepare for the shit storm that will come to your way. I'll report you to the BBB, file a law suit against you and pre up a class action law suit to rape you into bankruptcy and make sure no one will ever do business with you again.

You agree to a contact and now you want to back out of it. Yes, people break contacts all the time but be prepare for a shit storm that will rip you apart.

There are a lot of BS contracts out there, you know. People often don’t even read what they sign. That’s why whenever there’s a contact violation you need an entire legal procedure to work out a) whether it happened b) whether the contract was legal in the first place c) whether the judge actually cares and will just overrule it because they want to create a better society—not enough of this BTW.

Then there’s the fact that this promise Allan made probably wasn’t even properly contractually codified.

>I'll report you to the BBB, file a law suit against you and pre up a class action law suit to rape you into bankruptcy and make sure no one will ever do business with you again.

No, you won't, because unless you're a lawyer even thinking about it for too long will be more expensive than the license in the first place.

This happens a LOT.

Your client doesn't pay within 90 days. Do you automatically sue them? No. Do you refuse to work with them in the future? It depends; if you automatically rejected every client who breaks the contract by not paying exactly on time you probably would run out of clients very quickly.

You need to be in the hole for something like $50,000 before it's worth the money involved in suing someone. So most of the time people cut deals and work something out.

Let's suppose you're underwater on your mortgage.

It's hell on your credit rating, but if it's not your DREAM HOUSE you'd be stupid to stick with the loan.

Let's suppose you bid on a construction project, but a machine somewhere broke and you can't afford to replace it. Finishing the bid will make you go bankrupt; it's more rational to break the contract.

You break a license? Yeah, I'm probably not going to go to court with you.

"break your contract"? Arbitrary contract? Unless we're talking trivial sized businesses here, there is a non-trivial chance that I will take you to court over that.

Oh yeah, and it is my impression that going to the BBB is free, so you can be sure I'll be doing that regardless.

You're probably not going to sue someone for under $30,000 and yet I wouldn't call that a trivial size of business.

30000 is some minor construction work. Yeah, I would call that fairly trivial.

That's gonna hurt the credit score.

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