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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As a general rule, one should not look to recover in quantum meruit unless there have been direct dealings between the parties that create the basis for the contract to be implied "in fact.
hereinafter Fluor) was entitled to recover in quantum meruit (253) despite its illegal contract with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
There is a recent appellate decision in the State of New Jersey which further erodes the general rule that an owner is not liable in quantum meruit for services the owner did not contract to receive.