2. At what point does a personal relationship rise to an implied partnership?
Waddell and Rustin entered into a romantic relationship soon after meeting in 1999. Waddell maintained that their association started as personal and also grew into a business partnership. Rustin denied that they were ever express or implied business partners. Waddell claimed that she had management and oversight over Rustin’s business projects, access to the company checkbook, paid company bills, helped Rustin chose construction projects, and changed the store’s name. When the personal relationship ended, Waddell brought suit claiming that she was entitled to a percentage of the profits as an implied partnership.