64. Recovery of money paid under a mistake at common law.

(5)     Recovery of Money Paid under a Mistake

64.     Recovery of money paid under a mistake at common law.

The law relating to recovery of mistaken payments has a long history, going back to the so-called 'common counts' for money had and received to the use of the plaintiff1, and before that to the old law of account2. Along with quantum meruit, quantum valebat, and other counts, it became a part of the law known as quasi-contract3, which has now developed into the law of restitution4, the central principle of which is the reversal of