MCC The Essential Elements of An Offer and Contracts Discussion

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Luke tells Laura that his favorite baseball team, the Washington Nationals, is coming to town to play the Chicago Cubs, and he will spend $75 a ticket if Laura will go to the game with him. Laura is excited, and she tells Luke that she will attend the game with him and that he can pick her up at her place around five o’clock the evening of the game. Luke also informs Laura that he will take her to dinner before the 7:30 p.m. game.

Luke goes to pick Laura around 4:48 p.m. up on game day and finds no one at home. Too embarrassed to attend the restaurant and game by himself, he goes home. Worried that something may have happened to Laura, he tries to reach her by telephone. The following day, he contacts her and she informs him that she changed her mind; she did not want to go to the game with him because it looked like it was going to rain and she had made plans with another “friend.” Also, she did not feel it was necessary to call. Luke becomes very emotionally upset over the rejection. Two days later, he files a lawsuit against Laura for $225 in damages for the two unused tickets to the game and the cost of a reasonable dinner for two and $500 in damages for his emotional trauma.

What are the essential elements for an offer?  Did Laura have the requisite intent to make a contract?  What is the most likely outcome and were there any ethical violations?