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Blair v. Anderson

Delaware Supreme Court
325 A.2d 94 (1974)


Facts

The State of Delaware (State) (defendant) entered into a contract with the United States Department of Justice (United States) to provide for the safekeeping and protection of prisoners in the State’s care. While in prison, Blair (plaintiff) was attacked. Blair sued the State for negligence and breach of contract. The trial court held that the State could not be sued under the doctrine of sovereign immunity. Blair appealed.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Duffy, 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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