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McIntosh v. Murphy

Supreme Court of Hawaii
469 P.2d 177 (1970)



On Saturday, April 25, 1964, George Murphy (defendant) made a verbal job offer to Dick McIntosh (plaintiff), a Los Angeles resident, to be an assistant manager at a car dealership in Honolulu. Murphy stated that McIntosh would begin work on Monday, April 27, 1964. McIntosh accepted the job and moved some of his belongings to Honolulu and forwent any other employment opportunities. After two and a half months of working, Murphy discharged McIntosh for being unable to close deals with prospective customers. McIntosh sued Murphy for breach of the oral employment contract. The jury returned a verdict for McIntosh in the sum of $12,103.40. Murphy appealed, arguing that McIntosh cannot maintain an action on the alleged oral employment contract in light of the Statute of Frauds, which makes oral contracts that cannot be performed within one year unenforceable.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Levinson, J.)

Dissent (Abe, J.)

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