The everyday work of the law of unjust enrichment was never left entirely undone. It was picked up under a variety of heads, principally, on the common-law side, under money had and received, money paid, quantum meruit, and quantum valebat, and, on the Chancery side, under constructive trust, resulting trust, and equitable lien. At least three more figures had a foot in both law and equity, namely account, rescission, and subrogation. These ten terms are explained in the present chapter. The metaphor of fragments is convenient but slightly misleading. The modern law of unjust enrichment has not been put together as a broken vase is re-assembled from its shattered pieces but rather by extracting that which belongs to it from a number of different sources. It has not taken over all the work of any one of the fragments. This chapter also discusses rights in personam and rights in rem.
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