Quantum meruit

Definition

Latin for "as much as he has deserved."  An equitable remedy that provides restitution for unjust enrichmentDamages awarded in an amount considered reasonable to compensate a person who has provided services in a quasi-contractual relationship.  See quasi-contract.

A claim in quantum meruit is usually an action to recover the reasonable value of services rendered by one party to another.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Foman v. Davis, 371 U.S. 178 (1962).

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