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Celotex Corp. v. Catrett

United States Supreme Court
477 U.S. 317, 106 S.Ct. 2548 (1986)



Catrett (plaintiff) sued a number of asbestos manufacturers including Celotex Corp. (defendant) in district court, claiming that her husband died from exposure to the manufacturers' asbestos. Celotex moved for summary judgment on the ground that Catrett failed to present any evidence showing that her husband had been exposed to Celotex’s products. In objection to the summary judgment motion, Catrett submitted three documents that suggested the decedent had been exposed to Celotex’s products. The district court granted summary judgment, because Catrett lacked sufficient evidence to show her husband had been exposed to Celotex asbestos in the District of Columbia or anywhere else. The court of appeals reversed on the ground that Celotex had not offered any evidence to support its motion. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)

Concurrence (White, J.)

Dissent (Brennan, J.)

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Questions & Answers

didn't really any part of the 2010 amendment to Rule 56 of federal civil procedure affected anything on the case law of the 86 Trilogy?

In the Video the narrator mentions the 86' Trilogy cases that set the bases for rule 56 on summary judgment. Then he continues to mention that even though Rule 56 was amended in 2010 on the Committee Notes on Rules -- from the 2010 Amendment they state unequivocally that this amendment does not change anything on the basis that this case set for Rule 56. Nevertheless, after checking the notes of the Committee on the 2010 amendment of Rule 56 of federal procedure, is not that clearer as the narrator affirms, yes the mention 2 of the 3 cases ( Celotex Corp v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322 (1981) and Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, inc., 477 US. 242, 255 (1986)) and in a way affirm that the intention is not modify what the precedent in that case set. but they are mention separate and they never mention Matsushita v. Zenith.

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