What can I do if I paid for soccer lessons but the company later decided to cancel and refund me only for the lessons remaining?

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What can I do if I paid for soccer lessons but the company later decided to cancel and refund me only for the lessons remaining?

An organization that offers programs to children, accepted my payment in full for a soccer program and then decided to cancel the remaining lessons. The company failed to provide the services they offered in my city and broke their agreement. I was there every practice with my daughter. It’s the lack of

commitment towards the children and the disappointment they caused them that makes me upset.

Asked on July 30, 2018 under Business Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If they provided some lessons, they are entitled to payment for those and would only have to refund the cost of the not-provided lessons:
1) When there is a breach of contract, the measure of the compensation to which you are entitled is the loss you suffered; here, that loss is not getting X lessons (since you did however get Y lessons)--therefore, you are entitled to the value of X lessons only.
2) Under the doctrine of "unjust enrichment," you can't get a service or benefit which is ordinarily for pay or charged for without paying for; having received the benefit of some number of lessons which were provided, you can't get that benefit for free and so they can keep the cost of those lessons.


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