Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
  • C
  • Carson v. American Brands, Inc.Carson v. American Brands, Inc.
From our private database of 16,600+ case briefs...

Carson v. American Brands, Inc.

United States Supreme Court
450 U.S. 79 (1981)


Carson, et al. (plaintiffs) brought suit against American Brands, Inc. (American Brands) (defendant) for racial employment discrimination. After discovery, the parties negotiated a settlement which included an injunction enjoining American Brands from discriminating against black employees and an immediate restructuring of American Brands’s promotional policies. The parties filed a motion with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to approve the settlement. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied the motion to approve the settlement, finding that its terms violated Title VII. The plaintiffs appealed and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

What to do next…

  1. 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 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. 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. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 434,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 16,600 briefs, keyed to 223 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.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial