quantum meruit

quantum meruit
quan·tum me·ru·it /'kwän-təm-'mer-u̇-it, -yu̇-/ n [Latin, as much as he/she deserved]
1: a claim or count grounded on an implied contract that the defendant would pay the plaintiff as much as deserved for services or materials provided; specif: a count in a common-law action for assumpsit claiming payment of the value of labor provided
2: a theory or doctrine that permits recovery by a party for services or materials provided despite the absence of an express contract when they were accepted and used by the defendant under circumstances which gave reasonable notice that the plaintiff expected to be paid for them compare unjust enrichment

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

quantum meruit
(Latin) As much as one deserves; used to describe a reasonable sum to pay to a person for some service if the price is not specified in a contract; used to prevent the unjust enrichment of someone who has received services under circumstances that should have notified him or her that the plaintiff providing the service expected to be paid.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

quantum meruit
'as much as deserved', an award to a party on the basis of an implied contract. In England it is also used to describe payments made on the basis of unjust enrichment. See quantum lucratus, restitution.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

quantum meruit
Latin for "as much as he deserved." A principle used to award the reasonable value of services performed by the victim of a broken contract.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

quantum meruit
Latin Equitable formula for determining how much to award to one who has provided goods or services to another who has not paid, based on the reasonable value of the goods or services; the equitable principle that one who has received the benefit of a bargain should not be permitted to be unjustly enriched.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

quantum meruit
(Latin: As much as is deserved.)
In the law of contracts, a doctrine by which the law infers a promise to pay a reasonable amount for labor and materials furnished, even in the absence of a specific legally enforceable agreement between the parties.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

quantum meruit
[Latin, As much as is deserved.] In the law of contracts, a doctrine by which the law infers a promise to pay a reasonable amount for labor and materials furnished, even in the absence of a specific legally enforceable agreement between the parties.
II As much as he deserves.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

quantum meruit
[kwahn-tuhm mare-ooh-it]
   Latin for "as much as he deserved," the actual value of services performed. Quantum meruit determines the amount to be paid for services when no contract exists or when there is doubt as to the amount due for the work performed but done under circumstances when payment could be expected. This may include a physician's emergency aid, legal work when there was no contract, or evaluating the amount due when outside forces cause a job to be terminated unexpectedly. If a person sues for payment for services in such circumstances the judge or jury will calculate the amount due based on time and usual rate of pay or the customary charge, based on quantum meruit by implying a contract existed.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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