Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
  • J
  • J.D. Fields & Company, Inc. v. United St…J.D. Fields & Company, Inc. v. United States Steel International, Inc.
From our private database of 16,800+ case briefs...

J.D. Fields & Company, Inc. v. United States Steel International, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
426 Fed. Appx. 271 (2011)


J.D. Fields & Company, Inc. (plaintiff), purchased steel on an ongoing basis from United States Steel International, Inc. (USSI) (defendant). Generally, Fields would first request a price quote; USSI would respond with a quote; Fields would respond with a purchase order; and USSI would respond with an order confirmation. Two steel orders are relevant to this case. For the first order, USSI quoted a price but stated that the order had to be for a minimum of 100 tons of steel at the quoted price. Fields responded with an order for 880 feet of steel pipe, which weighed approximately 60 tons. The parties exchanged various emails thereafter, with Fields eventually stating that “if need be, we will go up to 100 tons.” Fields, however, did not send a revised purchase order. For the second order, USSI sent Fields a detailed price quote, containing the specific product, price, quantity, delivery time frame, and expiration date. Fields responded with a purchase order, but USSI did not send an order confirmation and never filled the order. In each case, USSI did not deliver the steel under discussion. Fields sued for breach of contract, claiming that the parties formed a valid contract for each of the orders and that USSI breached the contracts by failing to deliver the steel. The district court granted USSI’s motion for summary judgment. Fields appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Aycock, 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 449,000 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 449,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 16,800 briefs, keyed to 224 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