Definition of quantum meruit in English:

quantum meruit

noun

Law
  • usually as modifier A reasonable sum of money to be paid for services rendered or work done when the amount due is not stipulated in a legally enforceable contract.

    • ‘Although the trial court had rejected Pacific Coast's contract claim, it agreed with Pacific Coast that Pacific Coast was entitled, under a quantum meruit theory, to the same damages that it had asserted were recoverable under the contract.’
    • ‘The State Public Defender petitioned for a writ of certiorari, challenging the juvenile court's authority to grant recovery on the basis of quantum meruit.’
    • ‘An attorney who, before being discharged, performed significant services for clients in a contingent fee relationship in a personal injury action may recover quantum meruit attorney fees from the settling attorney by a motion in the cause.’
    • ‘COA affirmed the summary judgment but held that the trial court erroneously denied Cattlemen's motion for directed verdict on the quantum meruit claim.’
    • ‘At the same time, the trial court held that the firm could recover in quantum meruit the reasonable value of the legal services it had provided, calculated on an hourly basis’

Origin

Latin, literally ‘as much as he has deserved’.

Pronunciation

quantum meruit

/ˌkwän(t)əm ˈmerəwᵻt/