Q: Do you think it would stand up in court as detrimental reliance?
A: Based SOLELY on your post: No, not in the lawsuit you intend to file.
Detrimental reliance is a term commonly used to force another to perform their obligations under a contract, using the theory of promissory estoppel. Promissory estoppel may apply when the following elements are proven:
* A promise was made
* Relying on the promise was reasonable or foreseeable
* There was actual and reasonable reliance on the promise
* The reliance was detrimental
* Injustice can only be prevented by enforcing the promise
Detrimental reliance must be shown to involve reliance that is reasonable, which is a determination made on an individual case-by-case basis, taking all factors into consideration. Detrimental means that some type of harm is suffered.
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(1) Never tell everything you know.