Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 19,800+ case briefs...

Donovan v. RRL Corp. II

California Supreme Court
26 Cal. 4th 261, 109 Cal. Rptr. 807, 27 P.3d 702 (2001)



Donovan (plaintiff) sued RRL Corporation (RRL) (defendant) for breach of contract. RRL advertised the sale of a used car in a local newspaper. The newspaper made a typographical error, listing the sale price well below what RRL intended. Donovan attempted to buy the car based on representations in the advertisement but was rejected by RRL. The municipal court found for RRL, holding that a contract could not be formed because of the mistake in the advertisement. The court of appeal reversed based on a statute of the Vehicle Code making it illegal for a dealership to refuse to sell a car at the advertised price. Further, the court of appeal held that a valid contract had been formed between the parties. The advertisement was an offer and plaintiff accepted the offer when attempting to purchase the car.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (George, C.J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 506,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 506,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 19,800 briefs, keyed to 985 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial