unjust enrichment

unjust enrichment
unjust en·rich·ment n
1: the retaining of a benefit (as money) conferred by another when principles of equity and justice call for restitution to the other party; also: the retaining of property acquired esp. by fraud from another in circumstances that demand the judicial imposition of a constructive trust on behalf of those who in equity ought to receive it see also quasi contract 1 at contract
2: a doctrine that requires an equitable remedy on behalf of one who has been injured by the unjust enrichment of another

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

unjust enrichment
Knowingly receiving and accepting a benefit without paying for it or a benefit that rightfully belongs to someone else.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

unjust enrichment

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

unjust enrichment
A legal principle that if a person receives money or other property unfairly and at the expense of another — that is, by chance, mistake, or without any personal effort — the recipient should return the property to the rightful owner. In lawsuits based on unjust enrichment, courts can order that the property be returned (referred to as making restitution).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

unjust enrichment
1 The keeping of a benefit bestowed or performed by another without offering appropriate compensation, in circumstances where compensation is appropriate.
2 A benefit conferred by another and neither intended as a gift nor legally appropriate, for which the recipient must make restitution or payment.
3 The portion of the law that treats unjustifiable enrichment of either of the foregoing types.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

unjust enrichment
A general equitable principle that no person should be allowed to profit at another's expense without making restitution for the reasonable value of any property, services, or other benefits that have been unfairly received and retained.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

unjust enrichment
A general equitable principle that no person should be allowed to profit at another's expense without making restitution for the reasonable value of any property, services, or other benefits that have been unfairly received and retained.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

unjust enrichment
   a benefit by chance, mistake or another's misfortune for which the one enriched has not paid or worked and morally and ethically should not keep. If the money or property received rightly should have been delivered or belonged to another, then the party enriched must make restitution to the rightful owner. Usually a court will order such restitution if a lawsuit is brought by the party who should have the money or property.
   See also: constructive trust

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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