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Trimmer v. Van Bomel
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Trimmer (Plaintiff), a tour guide making a modest living, met Catherine Bryer Van Bomel (Defendant), a rich widow, on one of his tours. Defendant took a liking to Plaintiff and began “making demands on his time.” According to Plaintiff, Defendant told him that if he devoted all of his time to her, she would support him financially, including all of his life expenses, as well as “‘within a reasonable time’ an amount sufficient to pay for all his costs and expenses for sumptuous living for the rest of his life.” Accordingly, Plaintiff quit his job and became Defendant’s companion. He accompanied her to restaurants, to parties, and on vacations. Defendant paid for all of Plaintiff’s new lavish lifestyle. This lasted for approximately five years. At that point, the relationship ended. Plaintiff sued for $1.5 million to recover on his alleged oral contract with Defendant, which would require her to finance his lifestyle for the rest of his life.
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