Case Briefs for Law Students and Lawyers

Case briefs are vital to any law student’s education.  They are a summary of the facts of the legal case.  Each brief can be used in class and can help students study.  The formats can vary, but they must all include facts, procedure, issue, holding, reasoning and concurring/dissenting opinions.  Case briefs don’t have all of the facts, but they are a helpful guide for law students.  They can be useful in class or in preparing for an exam.  Students and lawyers are encouraged to submit case briefs!
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Most recent Case briefs

In re an Arbitration Between Polemis and Furness, Withy & Co. (Australia 1921)

Procedural History: The owners of a ship sought to recover damages from defendants who chartered the ship. Arbitrators decided that owners were entitled to recover the full loss (...

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Benn v. Thomas (Iowa 1994)

Procedural History: Benn’s executor sued defendant for Lora Benn’s injuries and his death in 1989 after defendant’s vehicle rear-ended the van in which descedent was a passenger. The estate requested a jury instruction based on the “eggshell plaintiff̶...

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Hymowitz v. Eli Lilly & Co.

Procedural History: Plaintiffs appeal in the context of summary judgment motions dismissed because the plaintiffs could not identify the manufacturer of the drug that allegedly injured them. The trial court denied all motions and allowed cross motions dismissing defenses that act...

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Matsuyama v. Birnbaum (Mass. 2008)

Procedural History: A jury found that the defendant physician’s negligence deprived the plaintiff’s decedent of a less than even chance of surviving cancer. The jury found for plaintiff after hearing expert testimony estimating the lost chance that Matsuyama had due t...

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Zuchowicz v. U.S. (2nd Cir. 1998)

Definitions:

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc – logical fallacy that one former thing caused the latter

Procedural History: This action arose under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) based on CT law. Defendant admitted doctors negligently d...

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