From our private database of 26,900+ case briefs...
Duffy v. Piazza Construction, Inc.
Washington Court of Appeals
815 P.2d 267 (1991)
Richard and James Duffy (plaintiffs) entered into a joint venture with Piazza Construction, Inc. (defendant), memorialized by a letter agreement with Piazza’s president, John Piazza. The purpose of the joint venture was to respond to a United States Forest Service request for proposals for the construction of an office facility. The bid specifications called for proposals with a minimum of 15,500 square feet of net usable office space. According to the letter agreement, the Duffys were to provide land for the proposal, and Piazza was to generate drawings and building specifications. Piazza created two plans that included 15,645 square feet of net usable office space and a third that offered only 15,000 square feet. The smaller plan was based on a diagram of a suggested floor plan furnished by the Forest Service. The Forest Service rejected Piazza’s bid as nonresponsive because it did not meet the minimum square-footage constraint and awarded the project to another bidder. The Duffys filed a lawsuit, claiming that Piazza negligently prepared the bid and was liable for their lost profit. The trial court granted summary judgment to Piazza.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Coleman, C.J.)
What to do next…
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 540,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
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.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 540,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 26,900 briefs, keyed to 983 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.