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Bloomgarden v. Coyer
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Henry Bloomgarden (Plaintiff) was the president of Socio-Dynamics Industries, Inc. (SDI), a consulting and research firm. Coyer and Guy (Defendants) were real estate developers seeking to develop a segment of the Georgetown waterfront in Washington, D.C. On January 26, 1970, Plaintiff arranged for Defendants to meet one of Plaintiff’s investors, David Carley, to discuss Defendants’s development plans. Plaintiff arranged for the same group to meet with representatives of the Inland Steel Company on February 19, 1970, to discuss the same plan. At no point before either meeting did Plaintiff indicate he expected a finder’s fee for these introductions. When asked what he hoped to obtain from the project after the second meeting, Plaintiff only stated that he hoped SDI might gain work for the project. In April 1970, Coyer, Guy, and the Inland Steel Company reached an agreement regarding the development plan. In March 1970, Plaintiff sought a finder’s fee on behalf of SDI. Upon realizing he could not bring suit on behalf of SDI, Plaintiff sought a finder’s fee for himself in May 1970. Defendants refused, and Plaintiff sued them to recover a finder’s fee. The District Court granted Defendants summary judgment on grounds that Plaintiff did not expect to be compensated for his services at the time that he rendered them.
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