Action for Money had and Received Law and Legal Definition

At common law, an action for money had and received is an action by which the plaintiff could recover money paid to the defendant. The money was usually recoverable because the money had been paid by mistake or under compulsion, or the consideration was insufficient. Such an action also helped the plaintiff to recover money which the defendant had received from a third party, or when the money formed part of the fruits of an office of the plaintiff which the defendant had usurped.