Arnstein v. Porter
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
154 F.2d 464 (1946)
Ira Arnstein (plaintiff) was a composer who enjoyed some commercial success early in his career. As his career proceeded, however, this success evaporated. Cole Porter (defendant) was an extremely successful composer whose work was well known worldwide. Arnstein filed a copyright-infringement suit against Porter in federal district court, alleging that Porter stole several of Arnstein’s works and turned them into some of Porter’s most successful songs. During discovery, Arnstein was deposed and claimed that Porter’s employees broke into Arnstein’s apartment as part of a campaign of harassment. When asked if he had any proof to support these claims, Arnstein said he had none. Porter claimed that he had no knowledge of these alleged acts. Following discovery, Porter filed a motion for summary judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56. The motion was granted and the case dismissed. Arnstein appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Frank, J.)
Dissent (Clark, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 724,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 724,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,600 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.