Confirm favorite deletion?
Torts Keyed to Miller
Skinner v. Square D. Co.
Citation:445 Mich. 153, 516 N.W.2d 475 (1994)
Skinner (Plaintiff) constructed a tumbling machine that was controlled by a switch, which contained alligator clips. To operate the machine, there was a specific procedure one manually needed to perform by rotating the direction of the drums, disconnecting two of the alligator clips, and reversing them. Once the procedure was done properly, the machine would rotate or make a noise. One day, Skinner was working alone when he called out, causing his wife and two other women next door to be alarmed. The women found Skinner on the floor with an alligator clip and with current flowing in him. Skinner died soon after. Skinner’s estate sued the company Skinner worked for, Square D. Co. (Defendant), for negligence. The plaintiffs argued that the switch was defective because it did not always clearly indicate whether it was on or off. The defendant argued that the plaintiffs did not meet their burden in establishing that the defect was the cause of Skinner’s death.
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.