Freund v. Washington Square Press, Inc.
Facts: Defendant agreed to publish a book, and Plaintiff would receive a percentage of profits. Defendant later merged with another publisher and refused to publish Plaintiff's book.
Issue: What damages may Plaintiff receive?
Holding: For Plaintiff, but only nominal damages.
- Damages must be proved with reasonably certainty -- royalties were only speculative and unascertainable
- Specific performance denied -- we don't want to force unwilling parties to work together (as in a service contract)
- New Business Rule : (eroding)
- A new business has no track record (thereby introducing uncertainty), which prevents recovery of damages upon breach
- Can calculate the damages if you have some reasonable basis of calculation (i.e. similar businesses)