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i was a principle in a company in calif. retired in 2006 with a retirement package. part of the package was medical coverage for "life" for my wife and myself. the company was sold recently to a major corporation. the new corporation would not honor the terms of contract from the original company. the company still operates under the original name , but under the new ownership. do i have any legal rites of claim against either for the failure to honor the terms of the retirement package ?
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Without getting into the enforceability of the terms of the contract, the answer is yes.

What happened was that the corporation essentially stepped into the shoes of the old company. In buying the old company, the corporation inherited all the rights and duties of the old company. Thus they are bound by the terms of that contract signed with that old company, and a breach of contract action is possible here, arguably.

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