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American League Baseball Club of Chicago v. Chase

Supreme Court, Erie County, New York
149 N.Y.S. 6 (1914)


Facts

In March 1914, Hal Chase (defendant) signed a one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox (plaintiff) to play first base. Approximately two months later, Chase informed the White Sox that he was terminating his contract and playing for a team in the newly-formed Federal Baseball League (FBL). The White Sox filed suit against Chase for breach of contract and sought to enjoin him from playing for the FBL team.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Bissell, J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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