Conflicts Keyed to Currie
Wood Bros. Homes, Inc. v. Walker Adjustment Bureau
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In accordance with negotiations in California, Colorado, and New Mexico, Wood Bros. (Defendant) contracted to have Gagnon, a California resident, perform rough carpentry work on an apartment complex it owned in New Mexico. After the work started, New Mexico officials ordered the construction to stop because Gagnon did not have a New Mexico contractor’s license. Wood (Defendant) canceled the contract and refused to pay Gagnon, although it did pay his employees $27,000 for their work. As Gagnon’s assignee, Walker (Plaintiff) brought suit in Colorado for recovery on either a contract or quantum merit theory. The trial court held New Mexico law applied, which barred the action because Gagnon was not licensed. The court of appeals reversed, holding the law of Colorado applied, and rendered the contract enforceable.
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