In this article, our DuPage contract litigation attorneys explain some common defenses to breach of contract claims. These include:
Material breach: If the other party materially breached the contract, you will no longer be bound to uphold your end of the contract.
Anticipatory repudiation: If the other party says or does something to make you reasonably believe he or she will not honor the contract, this is a defense to your own breach of the contract.
Duress: Contracts are invalid if one party was forced to sign the contract under physical or economic duress.
Some other common defenses include a mutual mistake, fraud, undue influence and impracticability of performance.