quantum meruit

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Quantum meruit is Latin for "as much as one has deserved." Quantum meruit is an equitable remedy that provides restitution for unjust enrichment, often employed in contract law. 

Quantum meruit damages are awarded in an amount considered reasonable to compensate a person who has provided services in a quasi-contractual relationship. This amount may also be described as the reasonable value of services rendered by one party to another.

Quantum meruit is often calculated based on the market value of the services, but courts retain discretion in calculating equitable remedies.

[Last updated in August of 2023 by the Wex Definitions Team]