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Cook v. Coldwell Banker, Frank Laiben Realty Co.Missouri Court of Appeals, 1998Procedural History: In December 1992, the plaintiff filed an action against defendant for breach of a bonus contract and sought damages. The jury found in favor ofthe plaintiff and awarded her damages in the amount of $24,748.89. The defendant appealed.Facts: Cook worked for Coldwell Banker/Frank Laiben Realty Co. (Coldwell Banker) as a real estate agent. In March 1991, Coldwell Banker announced a bonus program. The program provided three levels of compensation based upon commissions earned for the year. Agents earning over $25,000 in commissions would receive the largest bonuses, which would be paid at the end of the year. In September, Coldwell Banker announced that the bonuses would be paid at a banquet in March 1992, and that, to receive a bonus, the agent would need to remain with the company until then. Cook had already surpassed $32,000 in commissions by the time the announcement was made. At the end of the

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