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

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


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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Stubbs v. City of Rochester (N.Y. 1919)

Procedural History: Plaintiff alleges negligence in allowing drinking water to get contaminated, which then caused plaintiff to contract typhoid fever. Trial judge granted a nonsuit, which was upheld by the Appellate Division due to counsel’s argument that the evidence fail...

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Johnson v. Jamaica Hospital (N.Y. 1984)

Procedural History: A separate suit was brought on Kawana’s behalf. The trial court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss the parents’ action for failure to state a cause of action. The Appellate Division affirmed by a divided vote and certified the question for ...

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Portee v. Jaffee (N.J. 1980)

Procedural History: Plaintiff alleged negligence against landlord. Companies involved in designing and maintaining the elevator were also sued. The trial court found that plaintiff’s claims for psychological injury did not meet the requirements of Falzone. The appe...

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Gammon v. Osteopathic Hospital of Maine (Maine 1987)


“severe emotional distress” – distress “such that no reasonable man should be expected to endure it.”

Procedural History: Gammon sued hospital for negligently conducting operations. The trial court granted a...

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