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Court of Chancery Upholds Agreement To Agree

Pharmathene Inc. v. SIGA Technologies. Inc., C.A. No. 2627-VCP (January 16, 2008).

Whether an agreement to agree may be enforced seems like an odd question. After all, if the parties really had an agreement then why not just say so and not use a term sheet or other vague type of "agreement to agree" to express their intent. This decision illustrates just why that may occur because the parties apparently were uncertain if they really wanted to bind themselves to one another just yet. Nonetheless, they did list all the essential terms of what they wanted in their contract in a term sheet and when they seemed to have acted to carry out their deal, the court here indicated it will enforce an agreement to agree when to let one party walk away seems inequitable.

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