Interactive Data Corp. hired Daniel Foley as an assistant product manager at a starting salary of $18,500. Over the next six years, Interactive steadily promoted Foley until he became Los Angeles branch manager at a salary of $56,116. Interactive’s officers repeatedly told Foley that he would have his job so long as his performance was adequate. In addition, Interactive distributed an employee handbook that specified “termination guidelines,” including a mandatory seven-step pre-termination procedure. Two years later, Foley learned that his recently hired supervisor, Robert Kuhne, was under investigation by the FBI for embezzlement at his previous job. Foley reported this to Interactive officers. Shortly thereafter, Interactive fired Foley. He sued, claiming that Interactive could fire him only for good cause and after the seven-step procedure. What kind of a claim is he making? Should he succeed?
The town of Sanford, Maine, decided to auction off a lot it owned. The town advertised that it would accept bids through the mail up to a specified date. Arthur and Arline Chevalier mailed in a bid that turned out to be the highest. When the town refused to sell them the lot, they sued. Result?