In the matter of first impression, the Colorado Court of Appeals recently held that quantum meruit claims are legal claims, rather than equitable ones, and reinstated a $26 million jury award in favor of the plaintiffs after the trial court erroneously reduced the amount.

In a construction contract dispute, M.G. Dyess Inc. claimed that MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources materially hindered its work and delayed a project beyond contractual deadlines. Dyess asserted several claims, including quantum meruit, and sought to recover monetary damages for the market value of labor and materials it provided on the extracontractual basis, according to the appellate court’s opinion filed Sept. 15.