Unjust Enrichment

Unjust enrichment is a legal term denoting a particular type of causative event in which one party is unjustly enriched at the expense of another, and an obligation to make restitution arises, regardless of liability for wrongdoing.

1. n. A benefit by mistake or chance. Morally and ethically the one who gains a benefit that he or she has not paid or worked for should not keep it to the rightful owner's detriment. The party that received money, services or property that should have been delivered to or belonged to another must make restitution to the rightful owner. A court may order such restitution in a lawsuit brought by the party who should rightly have the money or property.

2. n. A general equitable principle that a person should not profit at another's expense and therefore should make restitution for the reasonable value of any property, services, or other benefits that have been unfairly received and retained.

A common example is when a party contracts to provide a service, but the contract is terminated prematurely due to a breach, and the contractor unjustly receives no compensation for partial services rendered.

Read more about Unjust Enrichment:  Determination of Liability, United States, Examples

Other articles related to "unjust enrichment, unjust":

Unjust Enrichment - Examples
... Suppose again, that Neal is a building contractor who has been awarded a contract to build a skyscraper ... Neal hires Keith to handle all necessary steel erection ...
Fibrosa Spolka Akcyjna V Fairbairn Lawson Combe Barbour Ltd - Judgment
... Lord Wright said the claim was based on unjust enrichment ... bound to provide remedies for cases of what has been called unjust enrichment or unjust benefit, that is to prevent a man from retaining the money of or some benefit derived from another which it is ... these words of the great judge in Sinclair v Brougham closed the door to any theory of unjust enrichment in English law ...
Lipkin Gorman V Karpnale Ltd
... Lipkin Gorman v Karpnale Ltd UKHL 12 is a foundational English unjust enrichment case ... that the basis of an action for money had and received is the principle of unjust enrichment, and that an award of restitution is subject to a defence of change of position ... This secured unjust enrichment English law as the third pillar of the law of obligations, along with contract and tort ...
English Unjust Enrichment Law - Foreign Comparisons
... Unjust enrichment is a developed and coherent field in continental civil law systems ... English lawyers, however, have been accustomed to identify an "unjust factor" ... The difference between "unjust factors" and "absence of basis" as a unifying principle has generated a lot of debate, particularly since Peter Birks changed his mind in his ...

Famous quotes containing the words enrichment and/or unjust:

    War is a most uneconomical, foolish, poor arrangement, a bloody enrichment of that soil which bears the sweet flower of peace ...
    M. E. W. Sherwood (1826–1903)

    A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.
    Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948)