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Contract – Breach – Damages – Interior Design – Change Orders (access required)

Diane K. Troum, Inc. v. Amini Innovation Corp. The parties’ original showroom design contract required defendant to pay plaintiff $20,000 plus purchases, administrative costs and “hours in excess of ten [to be] billed at $15.00 or $20.00 per hour for a cap of $1,000.00. Variance in rate depends on skill level of personnel.” After defendant requested additional design services, the contract’s base cost was raised to $25,000. Where plaintiff billed defendant $25,000 as its design fee plus $6,302.50 for additional labor, and where defendant paid plaintiff only $20,000, a jury could find an express contract and award plaintiff $11,302.50. Defendant has failed to show that the jury award included recovery in quantum meruit.

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