Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
8 N.E.2d 760 (Mass. 1937)
In August 1930, McGuire (plaintiff) was employed to take care of Almy (defendant). McGuire was a registered nurse. Almy was legally insane, although she was in good physical condition. For most of the time McGuire cared for Almy, she kept Almy locked in her room. Almy was occasionally violent during this time. During one particularly violent spell, Almy tore apart the furniture in her room. McGuire entered Almy’s room and tried to subdue her so she would not do harm for herself. Almy struck McGuire on the head with a piece of furniture. McGuire suffered injuries and brought suit against Almy for assault and battery. The trial court directed a verdict for Almy on the ground that she was insane and thus could not be held liable for her torts. McGuire appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Qua, 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 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.
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 241,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,200 briefs, keyed to 189 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.