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Sullivan v. Bullock
Citation:124 Idaho 738, 864 P.2d 184 (1993)
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Sullivan hired Bullock to remodel parts of her home. They signed a contract for $6,780 that set out the general points of their agreement, but failed to include the details. The contract was eventually breached. The timeline of the project was not followed, but Sullivan assented to the delays. Bullock’s work was, at times, below industry standard, unsatisfactory, and not done as requested. However, Sullivan failed to clearly convey her dissatisfaction and Bullock believed the project was progressing with approval. Sullivan lived in the home for portions of the remodel and at one point, one of Bullock’s workers entered the home when Sullivan had told them not to. After that, Sullivan told Bullock and his workers to never enter her home again and she prevented them from doing so, making Bullock unable to complete the remodel. Bullock then sent Sullivan a bill for $2,956.40 to pay for the work they had completed and for the contract balance for the completed project. Sullivan sued, claiming that Bullock’s work was defective. Bullock filed a counterclaim arguing that Sullivan had prevented him from finishing or fixing his work.
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