Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,400+ case briefs...

O'Gee v. Dobbs Houses, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
570 F.2d 1084 (1978)


Kathleen O’Gee (plaintiff) was a flight attendant for United Airlines. While working on a flight in April 1972, she injured her back while latching a cold buffet back into its appropriate location in the plane’s cabin. Dobbs Houses, Inc. (defendant) put the buffet on the plane and failed to latch it in its appropriate place. Over the course of the next year, O’Gee suffered from significant back pain. She spent much of the time bedridden and was unable to work. After consulting with several doctors, she received surgery on her back. Following the surgery, United Airlines reassigned her to work on smaller aircraft. She performed with distinction in this new role and was cited for her perfect attendance records in 1975 and 1976. O’Gee sued Dobbs Houses in federal district court, claiming negligence in failing to secure the buffet. After a seven-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in O’Gee’s favor, awarding her $170,000 in damages. Dobbs Houses challenged the damages award. The motion was denied by the trial judge, who noted that any verdict of $200,000 or less would be sustained. Dobbs Houses appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Lumbard, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Feinberg, 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 496,000 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 496,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,400 briefs, keyed to 985 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