Civil Procedure Keyed to Spencer
Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles
Greg Knowles (Plaintiff) filed a class action lawsuit against Standard Fire Insurance Company (Defendant), alleging that Defendant failed to compensate homeowners for a general contractor fee when claims were paid. Plaintiff filed this lawsuit in an Arkansas state court. The proposed class included hundreds and possibly thousands of Arkansas policyholders. The lawsuit stated that Plaintiff and the class sought to recover damages of less than $5 million. Plaintiff also attached an affidavit to the complaint that again stipulated that Plaintiff would not seek damages for the class in excess of $5 million, in the aggregate. Defendant removed the lawsuit to federal court based on the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), which grants jurisdiction of class actions where the total amount in controversy exceeds $5 million dollars. The trial court determined that the claim would likely exceed $5 million but accepted the stipulations of Plaintiff regarding the amount of damages that would be sought. The trial court remanded the case back to state court. Defendant appealed the remand order to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which declined to hear the appeal. Defendant then sought review by the United States Supreme Court.
Only StudyBuddy Pro offers the complete Case Brief Anatomy*
Access the most important case brief elements for optimal case understanding.
*Case Brief Anatomy includes: Brief Prologue, Complete Case Brief, Brief Epilogue
- The Brief Prologue provides necessary case brief introductory information and includes:
Topic:Identifies the topic of law and where this case fits within your course outline.
Parties:Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
Procedural Posture & History:Shares the case history with how lower courts have ruled on the matter.
Case Key Terms, Acts, Doctrines, etc.:A case specific Legal Term Dictionary.
Case Doctrines, Acts, Statutes, Amendments and Treatises:Identifies and Defines Legal Authority used in this case.
- The Case Brief is the complete case summarized and authored in the traditional Law School I.R.A.C. format. The Pro case brief includes:
Brief Facts:A Synopsis of the Facts of the case.
Rule of Law:Identifies the Legal Principle the Court used in deciding the case.
Facts:What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case.
Issue(s):Lists the Questions of Law that are raised by the Facts of the case.
Holding:Shares the Court's answer to the legal questions raised in the issue.
Concurring / Dissenting Opinions:Includes valuable concurring or dissenting opinions and their key points.
Reasoning and Analysis:Identifies the chain of argument(s) which led the judges to rule as they did.