Legal definition of quasi contract
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quasi contract

A quasi-contract, also called an implied-in-law contract, is a legal substitute for a contract. A quasi-contract is a contract that should have been formed, even though in reality it was not. It is used when a court wishes to create an obligation upon a non-contracting party to avoid injustice and to ensure fairness.

To determine that Defendant is liable to Plaintiff for certain goods or services that the plaintiff provided to the defendant, court has to find that:

1. Plaintiff rendered valuable goods or services to Defendant with a reasonable expectation of being compensated;
2. Defendant knowingly accepted the benefit of the goods/services;
3. Defendant would be unfairly benefited by the services or receiving the goods if no compensation were paid to Plaintiff.
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