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Opportunistic Termination

Alexander Stremitzer

UCLA School of Law

April 4, 2010

Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 2012, 28(3): 381-406.
Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 407

If a seller delivers a good non-conforming to contract, European and US warranty law allows consumers to choose between some money transfer and termination. Termination rights are, however, widely criticized, mainly for fear that the buyer may use non-conformity as a pretext for getting rid of a contract he no longer wants. We show that this possibility of "opportunistic termination" might actually have positive effects. Under some circumstances, it will lead to redistribution in favour of the buyer without any loss of efficiency. Moreover, by curbing the monopoly power of the seller, a regime involving termination might increase welfare by enabling a more efficient output level in a setting with multiple buyers. These potential benefits are absent if renegotiation is possible.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: contract law, warranties, breach remedies, termination, harmonization, comparative law.

JEL Classification: K12, C7, L40, D30

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Date posted: May 29, 2007 ; Last revised: April 1, 2013

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Stremitzer, Alexander, Opportunistic Termination (April 4, 2010). Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 2012, 28(3): 381-406. ; Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 407. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=989557 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.989557

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