Smith v. Boyd
Supreme Court of Rhode Island
553 A.2d 131 (1989)
James and Virginia Boyd (the Boyds) (defendants) listed their home for sale with real estate broker Joan Carter (Carter). The Boyds had used Carter in prior real estate sales, for which they received written purchase offers. The Smiths (plaintiffs) made an offer to purchase the property, after detailed discussions regarding, for example, the disposition of the draperies. After the discussions, Carter filled in the blanks on a standard purchase agreement, putting the terms of the discussion in writing. On the same day, Philip and Patricia Durigan (the Durigans) (defendant-interveners) made a written offer to purchase the property. The Boyds accepted the Durigans’ offer, and the Smiths filed an action against the Boyds for specific performance. The trial court found in favor of the Smiths, and the Boyds appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Murray, 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 166,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 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.