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