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Drennan v. Star Paving Co.
Citation:Supreme Court of California, 1958. 51 Cal.2d 409, 333 P.2d 757.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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In 1985, Drennan (Plaintiff), a licensed general contractor, prepared a bid for the “Monte Vista School Job” construction project. Star Paving Co. (Defendant) placed the lowest bid for paving work, $7,131.60, and was awarded the contract by plaintiff. Defendant subsequently informed plaintiff that they had made a mistake with their bid, and that the job could not be done based on the price they had bid. Defendant refused to complete the project for less than $15,000. Plaintiff had relied on defendant’s bid in computing his own bid for the school construction contract. Plaintiff searched for several months before awarding the paving subcontract to L&H Paving Co. for $10,948.60, the lowest bid as possible. Plaintiff sued defendant to recover damages for defendant’s failure to perform paving work as specified in its bid.
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