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Pillois v. Billingsley

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
179 F.2d 205 (2d Cir. 1950)


Sherman Billingsley (defendant), the director of Cigogne, Inc., employed Raymond Pillois (plaintiff) to secure an exclusive representation contract covering territories in the Western Hemisphere from S.A. Le Galion perfumes. Billingsley agreed to pay Pillois an amount that Billingsley alone would deem reasonable. Pillois went to France and returned with a contract granting Cigogne, Inc. exclusive representation in the United States and other territories in the Western Hemisphere for a period of 99 years. Cigogne, Inc. accepted the contract but neither paid Pillois nor determined the reasonable value of Pillois’ services. Pillois brought suit to recover the reasonable value of his services. The trial court found that Pillois was entitled to recover $6,000.00. Billingsley appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Chase, J.)

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