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Branco Enterprises, Inc. v. Delta Roofing, Inc.

Missouri Court of Appeals
886 S.W.2d 157 (1994)


Facts

Branco Enterprises, Inc. (Branco) (plaintiff) was preparing a bid to do renovations on a property and began accepting bids from subcontractors to do the roofing work. Delta Roofing, Inc. (Delta) (defendant) submitted the lowest bid. Branco called Delta to confirm the bid. Branco asked if it could rely on Delta’s bid in making its overall bid for the project. Delta said yes. Branco signed a contract for the overall project on April 9, 1990. On June 4, 1990, after the project had already started, Delta informed Branco that it was not going to do the roofing work. Branco sued for breach of contract. The trial court found that the parties had a contract and that it was reasonable for Branco to rely on Delta’s bid to Branco’s detriment. Delta appealed, arguing that no contract existed because Delta never signed a subcontract so it was not reasonable for Branco to rely on Delta’s promise.

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