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Trimmer v. Van Bomel

Supreme Court of New York
434 N.Y.S.2d 82 (1980)


Trimmer (plaintiff), a tour guide making a modest living, met Catherine Bryer Van Bomel (defendant), a rich widow, on one of his tours. Van Bomel took a liking to Trimmer and began “making demands on his time.” According to Trimmer, Van Bomel told him that if he devoted all of his time to her, she would support him financially, including all of his life expenses, as well as “‘within a reasonable time’ an amount sufficient to pay for all his costs and expenses for sumptuous living for the rest of his life.” Accordingly, Trimmer quit his job and became Van Bomel’s companion. He accompanied her to restaurants, to parties, and on vacations. Van Bomel paid for all of Trimmer’s new lavish lifestyle. This lasted for approximately five years. At that point, the relationship ended. Trimmer brought suit for $1.5 million to recover on his alleged oral contract with Van Bomel, which would require her to finance his lifestyle for the rest of his life.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Greenfield, J.)

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