The typical measure of damages in a Breach of Contract lawsuit are what are called Expectation Damages. It’s what the party that signed the contract expected to recover based on the promises of the other party. For example, a builder of a house contracts with the owner of the house. The builder builds the house in exchange for a certain amount of money. If the house is built, the builder is entitled to what he expects, namely, the amount that he was supposed to be paid once he finished the project.