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Oliver v. Campbell

Supreme Court of California
273 P.2d 15 (1954)

Oliver v. Campbell


Campbell (decedent) hired Oliver (plaintiff), an attorney, to represent him in divorce proceedings. Campbell and Oliver executed a written contract stating that Oliver agreed to represent Campbell in exchange for a fee of $750.00. The divorce case went to trial. At the close of the trial, Campbell became dissatisfied with Oliver’s performance and informed Oliver that he was discharged. Campbell had paid Oliver $450.00 on the contract. Oliver told Campbell that he expected to be paid the reasonable value of his services. At this point, Oliver had rendered legal services worth $5,000.00. Campbell refused to pay and discharged Oliver. Subsequently, Campbell died. Oliver brought suit in California state court against the administratrix of Campbell’s estate (Campbell’s estate) (plaintiff) seeking damages of $10,000.00. The trial court held that Oliver was not entitled to damages, and Oliver appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Carter, J.)

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