What is the most famous 1L case?

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What is the most famous 1L case?

Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad
83
31%
Hawkins v. McGee (Hairy Hand)
22
8%
Pennoyer v. Neff
39
15%
Marbury v. Madison (for those that are forced to take Con law)
51
19%
Pierson v. Post
21
8%
Erie Railroad v. Tompkins
39
15%
Regina v. Dudley and Stephens
10
4%
 
Total votes: 265

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby L’Étranger » Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:28 pm

TTH wrote:Don't care about your poast that much, but strong tar.


Show no mercy!

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby I.P. Daly » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:52 am

Hadley v. Baxendale should be on the list. I'm pretty sure every 1L has to read it...

The golden rule is that the award of consequential damages is limited to those damages which are reasonably foreseeable at the time of contracting!

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby ilovesf » Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:29 pm

I.P. Daly wrote:Hadley v. Baxendale should be on the list. I'm pretty sure every 1L has to read it...

The golden rule is that the award of consequential damages is limited to those damages which are reasonably foreseeable at the time of contracting!

your avatar is freaking me out

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby TTH » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:41 pm

I.P. Daly wrote:Hadley v. Baxendale should be on the list. I'm pretty sure every 1L has to read it...

The golden rule is that the award of consequential damages is limited to those damages which are reasonably foreseeable at the time of contracting!


Our Prof did not normally teach K's, and throughout our discussion of Hadley v. Baxendale, he kept giggling at every mention of "broken shaft."

Best week of contracts ever.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby lawyerwannabe » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:08 pm

Withheld judgment until reading Palsgraf today. Completely underwhelmed by the case. After seeing the poll, I expected much better things.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby beachbum » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:23 pm

lawyerwannabe wrote:Withheld judgment until reading Palsgraf today. Completely underwhelmed by the case. After seeing the poll, I expected much better things.


Same. And I was so excited when I saw it come up in the reading.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby Cupidity » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:24 pm

lawyerwannabe wrote:Withheld judgment until reading Palsgraf today. Completely underwhelmed by the case. After seeing the poll, I expected much better things.


I made a separate case outline for torts, with the name and a one line synopsis of each case.

The case outline was illustrated. With a 2"x2" drawing for each fact pattern.

That is why Pennoyer was awesome for me, and for all the students I shared my outline with.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby ryegye87 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:29 pm

Didn't read the entire thread, but as an FYI, my casebook notes specifically state that Palsgraff is the most famous 1L case, and gives the amount of times (torts was last semester so I can't remember) that it is cited in torts casebooks. So, I'm going with Palsgraf.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby lawyerwannabe » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:25 pm

ryegye87 wrote:Didn't read the entire thread, but as an FYI, my casebook notes specifically state that Palsgraff is the most famous 1L case, and gives the amount of times (torts was last semester so I can't remember) that it is cited in torts casebooks. So, I'm going with Palsgraf.


Ya. I read that note too. It is cited a ton in scholarly work but cited very little in actual law (e.g. by judges deciding cases) IIRC.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby Unitas » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:21 am

The correct answer is Twombly. 138,000 citing references in 5 years compared to only 20,000 for Marbury v. Madison in 200 and 40,000 for Erie in 80.

In a reply brief for anything in litigation you should cite Twombly otherwise you may be doing malpractice.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby Tanicius » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:29 pm

Unitas wrote:The correct answer is Twombly. 138,000 citing references in 5 years compared to only 20,000 for Marbury v. Madison in 200 and 40,000 for Erie in 80.

In a reply brief for anything in litigation you should cite Twombly otherwise you may be doing malpractice.


Twombly is certainly the most *important* case of virtually any other we study in 1L, but I wouldn't say it's the most famous. These other cases are specifically famous often because of how they are *not* any longer important. It's cases like Pennoyer and Palsgraf where you realize you are wasting a shit ton of money for no reason.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby memo2partner » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:42 pm

pierson v. post---any case that features furry woodland creatures gets my vote

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:55 pm

Ikki wrote:I don't think a single case has made me crack up inside a library as loud as UNITED NOVELTY CO., Inc. v. DANIELS et al..

For me it was Christian v. Mattel, Inc.. I couldn't help but laugh when I read "the attorney hurled the barbies across the conference table in disgust."

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby Gigaton Punch » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:56 pm

Stambovsky v. Ackley, the haunted house case.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby memo2partner » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:02 pm

Gigaton Punch wrote:Stambovsky v. Ackley, the haunted house case.


is that the one where the judge cites to ghostbusters?

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby de5igual » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:03 pm

Pennoyer for me at least. It was the first case for me in law school, and took, by far, the longest. (We spent over 1 month on personal jurisdiction and skipped Erie altogether in Civ Pro)

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby TTH » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:50 pm

MrPapagiorgio wrote:
Ikki wrote:I don't think a single case has made me crack up inside a library as loud as UNITED NOVELTY CO., Inc. v. DANIELS et al..

For me it was Christian v. Mattel, Inc.. I couldn't help but laugh when I read "the attorney hurled the barbies across the conference table in disgust."


I can't remember. Is this also "the parties are advised to chill" case?

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:01 am

TTH wrote:
MrPapagiorgio wrote:
Ikki wrote:I don't think a single case has made me crack up inside a library as loud as UNITED NOVELTY CO., Inc. v. DANIELS et al..

For me it was Christian v. Mattel, Inc.. I couldn't help but laugh when I read "the attorney hurled the barbies across the conference table in disgust."


I can't remember. Is this also "the parties are advised to chill" case?

Nah that was Mattel v. MCA Records, IIRC. Another good one.

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Re: What is the most famous 1L case?

Postby Manash » Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:24 am

Heard about Palsgraf before I ever walked into a law school classroom. Gets my vote.




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