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necessary, meaningful, pertinent to a given matter. In contract law, a material breach excuses further performance by the aggrieved party and can give rise to an action for breach of contract.
EXAMPLE: A contract between Natick, Inc., and a recording company called for 12 separate shipments of blank CDs. The first three shipments were defective and were returned to Natick. The recording company was falling behind in its production schedule when the fourth shipment arrived and that shipment was also defective. The fourt defective shipments constitute a material breach of the contract and permit the recording company to cancel the contract and perhaps to institute a lawsuit against Natick as well.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; ©
""District courts enjoy broad discretion in deciding how best to manage the cases before them." Chudasama v. Mazda Motor Corp., 123 F.3d 1353, 1366-67 (11th Cir. 1997). However, "when a litigant's rights are materially prejudiced by the district court's mismanagement of a case, we must redress the abuse of discretion." Id. at 1367."
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