Sunday, December 1, 2013

Britton v. Turner case brief

Britton v. Turner case brief summary
6 N.H. 481 (1834)


CASE SYNOPSIS
Defendant appealed a jury award in favor of plaintiff for compensation under a contract for labor for one year, where plaintiff labored only a portion of that time and had voluntarily failed to complete the entire contract.

CASE FACTS
Defendant appealed a jury award in favor of plaintiff, a laborer, for claims of compensation from defendant under a labor contract for one year. Plaintiff had labored only a portion of the time contracted for and had voluntarily failed to complete the entire contract.

DISCUSSION

  • The court affirmed the jury verdict, holding that in this case, defendant actually received the labor and thereby derived a benefit and advantage so as to be responsible for compensating for the labor actually performed. 
  • The labor actually performed furnished new consideration, and the law required a promise to pay to the extent of the reasonable worth of such labor in excess of the damage caused by the breach of contract. 
  • The court further stated that if defendant actually sustained damages from plaintiff's failure to complete his contract he would be able to recover in a suit for breach of contract.

CONCLUSION
Jury verdict in favor of plaintiff for compensation under contract affirmed. Court held that defendant actually received plaintiff's labor and thereby derived a benefit and advantage so as to be responsible for compensating for the labor actually performed.

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