What to do if I purchased tickets for a group trip I was in charge of and then someone backed out?
Question Details: I got everyones info and purchased non-refundable, non-transferable tickets. After the purchase one backed out and won't pay. Do I have any recourse? Would I win a small claims suit?
You would, based on what you write, seem to have a reasonable chance of winning in small claims court. You would sue on two grounds:
1) Breach of contract--of the (presumably) oral agreement that you would purchase the tickets and he/she would pay.
2) Promissory estoppel--you reasonably took an action to your detriment (buying nonrefundable tickets) based on the other party's representation, or promise, that he/she would pay, when the other party either knew or should have known you'd have to do this.
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