From our private database of 12,700+ case briefs...
Miller v. American Telephone & Telegraph Co.
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
507 F.2d 759 (1974)
Shareholders (plaintiffs) of American Telephone & Telegraph Co. (AT&T) brought a derivative action against the corporation and most of its directors. The complaint alleged that AT&T failed to collect a $1.5 million debt owed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for services provided at the 1968 Democratic convention. The shareholders claimed that, in addition to wasting corporate assets, the failure to diligently pursue collection violated federal communications and campaign finance laws; specifically, ignoring the debt allegedly constituted an illegal contribution to the DNC. The trial court dismissed the complaint, finding that collections practices are protected by the business judgment rule absent allegation that the conduct was “plainly illegal, unreasonable, or in breach of fiduciary duty.” The shareholders appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Seitz, C.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 120,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 12,700 briefs, keyed to 172 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.