Kolodziej v. Mason, No. 14-10644 (11th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff, a law student, filed a breach of contract suit against a lawyer who extended a "million-dollar challenge" on national television while representing a client accused of murder. The lawyer denied payment, claiming that he did not make a serious offer. The court concluded that the district court properly applied Florida law to plaintiff's claim. The court did not find that the lawyer's statements were such that a reasonable, objective person would have understood them to be an invitation to contract, regardless of whether the court looks to the unedited interview or the edited television broadcast seen by plaintiff. Neither the content of the lawyer's statements, nor the circumstances in which he made them, nor the conduct of the parties reflects the assent necessary to establish an actionable offer. The court found no genuine issue as to whether the parties' conduct implied a contractual understanding where the lawyer's spoken words, the circumstances in which those words were said, and the parties' conduct are all undisputed. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment of the district court.