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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Implied-in-fact Contract - Texas case law cite



An implied-in-fact contract "arises from the acts and conduct of the parties, it being implied from the facts and circumstances that there was a mutual intention to contract." Haws & Garrett Gen. Contractors, Inc. v. Gorbett Bros. Welding Co., 480 S.W.2d 607, 609 (Tex. 1972); accord Mann Frankfort Stein & Lipp Advisors, Inc. v. Fielding, 289 S.W.3d 844, 850 (Tex. 2009). 
  
A meeting of the minds is an essential element of an implied-in-fact contract. Tex. Ass'n of Counties Cnty. Gov't Risk Mgmt. Pool v. Matagorda Cnty., 52 S.W.3d 128, 133 (Tex. 2000). 

The court must look to the conduct of the parties to determine the terms of the contract on which the minds of the parties met. Parker Drilling Co. v. Romfor Supply Co., 316 S.W.3d 68, 75 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2010, pet. denied); Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Lopez, 93 S.W.3d 548, 557 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2002, no pet.). The determination of a meeting of the minds is based on the objective standard of what the parties said and did, not on their subjective states of mind. Parker Drilling Co., 316 S.W.3d at 75; Lopez, 93 S.W.3d at 557.  

SOURCE: DALLAS COURT OF APPEALS - 05-12-00534-CV - 6/19/2013 

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