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Steiner v. Thexton, C054605

In an action seeking specific performance of a real estate sales agreement, judgment and an award of attorney's fees for defendant-property owner are affirmed where: 1) the underlying agreement was not a contract for purchase and sale but an unsuccessful attempt to create an option which was never exercised by plaintiff-buyers; 2) the disguised option was essentially a revocable offer which is unenforceable due to a lack of consideration; 3) the equities did not warrant an application of promissory estoppel doctrine to this case; and 4) plaintiff failed to show grounds for reversal of the attorney's fee award.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/28/2008
  • Published 05/28/2008


  • SIMS, Acting P.J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Law Office of Robert Vaughan and Robert Vaughan for Plaintiff and Appellant., Law Office of Klaus J. Kolb and Klaus J. Kolb, for Intervener and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Law Office of David L. Price and David L. Price, Orange, for Defendant and Respondent.
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