Is there a way to get out of contract?

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Is there a way to get out of contract?

I am a teacher of a school and was contacted by a company. They call companies around town to sponsor a club at our school then they give our school 100 free T-shirts and we keep the profits if we sell the shirts. I signed a 3 year contract with this company but really do not want to be involved with them anymore. Is there anyway to get out of a contract like that or if I work with them for a year, is there a way to get out of the 2 remaining years?

Asked on March 28, 2017 under Business Law, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

There are essentially only three common ways out of a contract (ignoring less likely alternatives, like a law is passed making this contract illegal):
1) There is some provision in the contract itself which will let you end or terminate it early; you can get out of the contract in this case if you comply with the early termination provision.
2) The other side provably committed fraud (made an intentional lie) to induce (cause) you to enter into the contract; fraud provides grounds to void a contract.
3) The other side breaches (violates) a material (or important) obligation of theirs, like not providing resources or payments which they are supposed to; that breach can allow you to treat the contract as terminated.
Otherwise, you are bound to the agreement for its full term.

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