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Civil Procedure Keyed to Freer
Schwartz v. Swan
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Bray (Defendant) and Swan (Defendant) allegedly caused an automobile accident, which injured Dorothy Schwartz (Plaintiff). Ten days later, Plaintiff was involved in another automobile accident, which was allegedly caused by Polivick (Defendant). Plaintiff then sued Bray, Swan, and Polivick jointly. Bray, Swan, and Polivick filed motions to sever the single action into two, one for the first accident and one for the second. They argued that the jury could be confused by the complexity of the case as not all defendants are culpable for the harm alleged. Plaintiff argued that there was no way to distinguish between which accident caused or contributed to her injuries. The trial judge severed the case without providing a rationale. Plaintiff appealed.
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