What is "Unjust Enrichment"?
What Do You Need To Prove To Win An Unjust Enrichment Claim?Unjust enrichment is an obligation that the law creates even without any contract or agreement. In order for a plaintiff to prevail on a claim of unjust enrichment, that party is required to prove that (1) the other party was enriched, (2) at that party's expense, and (3) that it is against equity and good conscience to permit the other party to retain what is sought to be recovered.
No Fraud Need be ProvenThe plaintiff in an unjust enrichment case does not have to allege that the defendants engaged in any fraudulent conduct or justifiably relied upon fraudulent statements.
In fact, the plaintiff need not have any sort of agreement or even any transactions or other dealings with the defendant in order to state a claim for unjust enrichment.
Usually, unjust enrichment claims are just one of the claims that a plaintiff will sue for. One doesn't usually see a lawsuit that alleges only unjust enrichment. It is often combined with other claims such as fraud or breach of contract.
But what makes unjust enrichment unusual is that the central inquiry of the claim is whether what occurred was simply unfair and not right.