From our private database of 33,600+ case briefs...
Chau v. Lewis
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
771 F.3d 118 (2014)
Michael Lewis (defendant) wrote a book titled The Big Short about the housing-market collapse in 2008–2009. The book was published by W.W. Norton (defendant). One of the sources for the book was Steven Eisman (defendant). A chapter in the book described a dinner that occurred during the 2007 American Securitization Forum. Eisman attended the dinner and sat next to Wing Chau (plaintiff). Chau is the founder and owner of Harding Advisory LLC (Harding Advisory) (plaintiff). Harding Advisory was a top-ranked manager of collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). The chapter described Chau as a fool and the pilot of the ship of doom. The chapter further described Chau as passing all the risk on to investors by: (1) selling all his interests in the CDOs and (2) being more interested in the volume than the quality of the CDOs. Chau and Harding Advisory sued Lewis, Eisman, and W.W. Norton for libel, which is a claim for written defamation. The trial court granted summary judgment to the defendants, and Chau and Harding Advisory appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wesley, J.)
Dissent (Winter, 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 602,000 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 602,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,600 briefs, keyed to 984 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.