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Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad

What Happened: Mrs. Palsgraf was standing on a railroad platform after she bought a ticket from Long Island Rail Road. Two men ran to catch a train that was pulling out from the platform. The first man jumped aboard easily but the second man, who was carrying a package, failed to jump aboard the railroad […]

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Campbell

What Happened: In 1981, Campbell caused an accident in which Todd Ospital was killed and Robert G. Slusher was left permanently disabled, a fact confirmed by both witnesses to the accident and investigators. Notwithstanding the evidence against Campbell, Campbell’s insurance State Farm decided to contest liability and decline the settlement offers from both Slusher and […]

Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants

What Happened: Stella Liebeck ordered a cup of coffee from the drive-through window of a local McDonald’s restaurant. With the car parked and Liebeck in the passenger seat Liebeck attempted to add cream and sugar to her coffee. Liebeck placed the coffee cup between her knees and pulled the far side of the lid toward her to remove […]

United States v. Carroll Towing Co.

What Happened: The case was the result of the sinking of the barge Anna C that took place on January 4, 1944 in New York Harbor. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company chartered the Anna C from Conners Marine Company, which was loaded with flour owned by the United States. Before the accident, the Anna C was moored at Pier 52 on the North River along with several other barges. The barges at Pier 52 […]