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Contract – Termination – ‘No Reason or Any Reason’ – Retaliation – Corporate

Serenity Counseling & Resource Center, Inc. v. Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions (Lawyers Weekly No. 012-176-17, 10 pp.) (Lucy Inman, J.) Appealed from Guilford County Superior Court (Anderson Cromer, J.) N.C. App. Unpub.

Holding: Even if defendant terminated the parties’ contract because plaintiff’s president testified against defendant in unrelated litigation, since the parties’ contract gave defendant the right to terminate the contract “for no reason or any reason,” defendant did not breach the contract by terminating it.

We affirm the trial court’s order granting defendant’s motion to dismiss.

Plaintiff asks this court to expand a public policy exception which permits at-will employees to assert breach of contract claims against employers following termination for a reason that is either in violation of the law or against public policy. The exception has not previously been applied by our appellate courts to the termination of a contract between two commercial entities, and we are unpersuaded that it should be applied here.

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