Gromley v. Atlantic Recording Corp., No. 101041/08, 1/30/09 N.Y.L.J. Decision of Interest (Sup.Ct., N.Y. Co. Jan. 2, 2009)
Defendant record company ("Atlantic") moved to dismiss plaintiff's claims for quantum meruit. Plaintiff alleged defendant owed her the reasonable value of her services regarding the introduction of artists to defendant and overseeing production of records. Atlantic argued for dismissal arguing plaintiff's employment contract, which expired, covered the subject of royalties and contained a merger clause, and precluded the payment of royalties after expiration of the contract.
The court stated it was reasonable to infer the parties did not intend for plaintiff to continue working without expectation of payment even after expiration of the contract. Thus, the claims for unjust enrichment and quantum meruit stated a claim under quasi contract for payment for the period of time after expiration of the employment contract. However, plaintiff's claim seeking compensation under an implied contract for royalties for international sales for the period the contract existed was not actionable.