breach- A failure to perform a contractual obligation, such as a promise to pay a debt.
bribery- The giving or taking of money or something other of value in order to influence a public official in the performance of his duties. One example is the secret payments to officials to secure government construction contracts.
default- Failure to fulfill a contractual obligation, such as timely repayment of a debt.
express contract- An agreement in which the terms are stated by the parties. Such a contract can be either oral or written. Compare "Implied Contract".
forgery- The making of false documents by alteration or by a false signature.
goodwill- The intangible value of some portion of a business or professional practice which represents the expectation of continued patronage by the public.
guarantor- A person who guarantees that the person making the promise to pro form will in fact perform his or her obligations under contract.
implied contract- An agreement in which the terms are not expressly stated, but can be inferred from the conduct of the parties. For example, if two people put their salary checks in a joint checking account and use the account to pay household expenses, one may infer that there is an implied agreement to share the household expenses - even if the parties did not expressly say so.
unconscionable - An agreement that is so grossly unfair that no sensible person would be likely to have entered into it unless that person were acting under duress or was unaware of the agreement's provisions.
white-collar crime- A category of crimes committed under the guise of legitimate business affairs. Usually it involves fraud, stock market manipulation, embezzlement and other forms of dishonest business practices
federal crimes- Federal courts only hear federal crimes which are usually based on either federal law or on federal question grounds. Normally it refers to white collar crimes, drug crimes, kidnapping and any federal offence conducted through interstate means.
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