quantum meruit


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quantum meruit

(pronounced like “merit”) Means “as much as he deserves.” It is the principle that if someone has benefited from the work and goods of another, but without a formal contract,then the one supplying the labor or materials is entitled to a reasonable compensation as long as they did not lead the other to believe it would be free.The theory arises often in construction projects, which seem to have a high percentage of people working on a handshake and an implied understanding of the normal fees in the area.

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The judge ruled in the defendants' favor as a matter of law as to the remaining quantum meruit claim.
In theory, quantum meruit comprises two distinct but related doctrines: (1) quasi-contract (also called unjust enrichment or contract implied in law), a noncontract remedy calling for restitutionary damages equal to the value received by the defendant; and (2) contract implied in fact, in which a valid contract is formed, not by the parties' words, but by their conduct, for the breach of which the appropriate measure of damages is the price intended by the parties, or a reasonable market value when no price is expressed by them.
His second amended complaint contained three counts: Count I, in which he sought to foreclose a mechanic's lien; Count II, in which he alleged breach of contract; and Count III, in which he sought recovery in quantum meruit for the reasonable value of his company's work.
The question we had was whether the quantum meruit remedy actually conferred the house on George, even as the Court maintained that he was not entitled to the specific house.
The contractor's theories of recovery included "expectation damages, warranty services under an express contract, warranty services under an implied in fact contract, warranty work under a theory of constructive change or equitable adjustment or cardinal change, and quantum meruit based on an implied in fact contract.
A quantum meruit cause of action entitles the broker to the reasonable value of his services, even though no brokerage agreement was ever signed.
Complaint alleges breach of agreement and quantum meruit.
In Smith v Bogard, the fourth district determined that a contractor who fails to provide a written contract and consumer pamphlet as required under the HRRA is "precluded from recovering any amounts he claims due for work performed," whether for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, or quantum meruit.
This lawsuit, advancing claims based on unjust enrichment, promissory estoppel, and quantum meruit, is brought to compel that payment.
In this case, a Miller Act surety in a connection with a construction project sought to recover in quantum meruit the amount over the original contract price that it was required to pay in order to complete the project after the contractor defaulted.
When the entire estate was left to a nephew, however, their lawyer sued in unjust enrichment, claiming a constructive trust or alternatively, damages based on quantum meruit.