Langer v. Superior Steel Corp Plaintiff - Langer Defendant - Superior Steel Corp Trial court found for defendant. Plaintiff appealed.


Procedural History:

Facts: Plaintiff retired from Superior Steel Corp. Upon his leaving, defendant wrote a letter to plaintiff promising to pay plaintiff $100/month for the rest of his life in gratitude for his loyalty & service, as long as plaintiff doesn’t work for a competitor. Defendant paid for 4 years, then told plaintiff they no longer would be paying him. Issue: Holding: Did the letter create a gratuitous promise or an enforceable contract? It was an enforceable contract. Judgment reversed.

Reasoning: There was consideration, therefore there was an enforceable contract. Plaintiff had a legal right to seek employment with competitive companies. He did not, and instead accepted the monthly payments. The defendant also received a benefit since their former employee wouldn’t be working for their competitors. Therefore, there was consideration.