District of Columbia Municipal Court of Appeals
126 A.2d 153 (1956)
Roth (plaintiff) owned a hair salon and agreed to employ Speck (defendant) as a hairdresser for one year. Speck was compensated with a salary. Speck was an exceptional hairdresser who maintained a large customer base. After six and a half months, Speck stopped working for Roth. Speck immediately began working for another salon for a better salary. Roth attempted to find a replacement for Speck, but was unable to do so without suffering a loss. Roth filed suit for breach of contract. Roth provided no expert testimony at trial regarding the market value of a hairdresser such as Speck. Though Speck’s new salary was proven at trial, Speck provided no evidence that he is required to perform additional work for the higher salary. The trial court held that Speck had breached the contract and awarded Roth $1.00. Roth appeals to the District of Columbia Municipal Court of Appeals. On appeal, Speck claims that he would have received fifty percent commission on any gross receipts that exceeded his salary and, therefore, that amount should be subtracted from any recovery Roth receives.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Quinn, 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 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read 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. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 201,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 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.