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Sylvania Electric Products v. Flanagan
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Plaintiff, Paul Flanagan, is trucker and hauls sand, gravel, stone and other materials. Defendant, Sylvania Electric Products, in 1963 hired a general contractor to construct a parking lot for a plant in Needham, Massachusetts. Plaintiff claims that the general contractor agreed to pay him to haul away material left over from leveling off a hill. The agreement was oral and Defendant was to receive $13 per hour per truck. Defendant refused to pay the bill which totaled $25,267.70. Plaintiff filed a breach of contract suit, and the jury found for the plaintiff. Plaintiff offered evidence to prove his claim which was based on daily truck hour slips on tally sheets made at the job site. Defendant objected to the other evidence and claimed the actual tally sheets should have been required.
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