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Promissory Fraud Without Breach

Ian Ayres

Yale University - Yale Law School; Yale University - Yale School of Management

Gregory Klass

Georgetown University Law Center

February 8, 2004

Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 295

It is of course true that proving breach of contract is not sufficient to establish promissory fraud liability. But in this paper we argue that breach of contract should not even be a necessary element for proving promissory fraud. There are a variety of contexts without legally enforceable contracts where insincere promising should still be deemed tortuous because of the willful harm that it causes. Promisors who are free from contractual liability nonetheless are sometimes potentially liable for this promissory tort.

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Keywords: contract, promissory fraud, false promise

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Date posted: August 3, 2004  

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Ayres, Ian and Klass, Gregory, Promissory Fraud Without Breach (February 8, 2004). Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 295. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=491302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.491302

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