Quantum Meruit Claims

Written by Cliff on Thursday 3 June 2010 at 4:25 pm

When a party claims quantum meruit, he is suing for a reasonable sum for work done by him even though there is no subsisting oral or written contract.

quantum meruit claimA claim in quantum meruit lies in restitution or in quasi-contract. It arises whenever one party supplies goods or services to another in expectation of payment but no enforceable contract for payment has been entered into. In the absence of such a contract, the court enforces the implied promise of the recipient of the goods or services to pay a reasonable sum or orders restitution to prevent his unjust enrichment. But the existence of a valid contract for payment is a bar to the remedy. If there is no contract at all, or if there is a contract which is void for a reason other than illegality, a claim in quantum meruit will lie. But if there is a contract which is void for illegality, it will not. Join the forum discussion on this post – (12) Posts

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  1. jonathan says:

    sorry I want to ask when quantum meruit claims arise and how they should be evaluated.

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