quantum meruit

(redirected from In quantum meruit)
Also found in: Dictionary, Legal.

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.

References in periodicals archive ?
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 law requires that the broker recover for its services in quantum meruit in order to avoid unjust enrichment of the tenants at the broker's expense.
Therefore, recovery in quantum meruit is said to be based upon the "assent" of the parties and, being contractual in nature, it sounds in law.