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Brady v. Alaska

965 P.2d 1 (1998)

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Brady v. Alaska

Alaska Supreme Court

965 P.2d 1 (1998)

Facts

A beetle epidemic was destroying Alaskan forests. Steven and Terry Brady (plaintiffs) petitioned the State of Alaska (defendant) to buy the right to harvest trees that the beetles had destroyed. The Bradys believed that such harvesting would help to mitigate the epidemic. The state denied the Bradys’ proposal on the ground that it could not sell the timber without a Forest Land-Use Plan (FLUP) in place. The Bradys offered to gather data for the state that would help create a FLUP. The state agreed, and the Bradys collected the necessary data and helped draft a FLUP. The Bradys then sent the state an invoice for $26,250 for professional services. The state declined to pay, stating that the Bradys had given no indication that they expected payment for their work related to the FLUP. Subsequently, the state again denied the Bradys’ application to harvest timber. The Bradys sued the state, seeking payment for their work related to the FLUP on contract and quantum meruit theories. The trial court granted the state summary judgment. The Bradys appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Compton, J.)

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