Quantum Meruit Example

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Herbert Gaffey alleged (1) that he performed work for and provided materials to George Thompson and (2) that the reasonable value of the labor and materials was $115. In response, Thompson alleged that he and Gaffey had entered into an express contract in which he agreed to pay Gaffey $160 for labor and materials, but that Gaffey only partially performed the contract, supplied inferior quality materials, and caused $200 in damage to Thompson's property. Gaffey replied that he quit, because Thompson prevented him from completing the work. 

In this example, if Thompson wrongfully prevented Gaffey from completing the work, Gaffey would have a claim against Thompson under a quantum meruit theory, and Gaffey could recover the fair and reasonable value of the work that he was able to complete.