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Implied Law / Quasi-Contract

Hilda Homeowner said to her neighbor, Paulette Painter, "If you paint my house, I'll pay you $1,500. All you must do is finish by the end of the next month. My price assumes that you will pay for all of the paint and any needed supplies." Paulette decided to paint the house. She purchased some supplies as well as enough custom-colored paint to complete the job. On the morning that Paulette was about to begin painting, Hilda told her that she had changed her mind and would not pay Paulette to paint the house. What will be the result if this case was heard in a court of law? Why? Discuss the rights of each of the parties in this situation.

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Hilda Homeowner said to her neighbor, Paulette Painter, "If you paint my house, I'll pay you $1,500. All you must do is finish by the end of the next month. My price assumes that you will pay for all of the paint and any needed supplies." Paulette decided to paint the house. She purchased some supplies as well as enough custom-colored paint to complete the job. On the morning that Paulette was about to begin painting, Hilda told her that she had changed her mind and would not pay Paulette to paint the house. What will be the result if this case was heard in a court of law? Why? Discuss the rights of each of the parties in this situation. ...

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What may have happened here is that Hilda and Paulette entered into a quasi-contract, implied-in-law contract or oral contract. This is when a contract should have been agreed upon even though it wasn't actually put on paper. Many times a court will use this to create an obligation to avoid an injustice. In some states an oral contract is as good as a binding contract. Hilda had an oral contract with Paulette and was obligated to either pay her for the time

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