Confirm favorite deletion?
Civil Procedure Keyed to Subrin
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes
Citation:131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011)
ProfessorBrittany L. Raposa
CaseCast™ – "What you need to know"
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. Review the Facts of this case here:
Dukes and several other Plaintiffs filed a class action against Defendant, alleging that the company’s policies resulted in nationwide discrimination against women in their employment (e.g., lower pay for women than men in the same type of job, and longer delays before women were promoted as compared to men employees). The class certification was done by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California which was satisfied that Plaintiffs fulfilled the statutory requirements of FRCP 23(a)(2) and 23(b)(2). The class had more than 1.5 million women, all of whom were female employees who were hired by Wal-Mart after December 26, 1998. Defendant argued that the court should require individual lawsuits from the employees as the size of the class made it impossible to manage and increased the costs disproportionately. The U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, upheld the class certification three times.
- 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.