Logourl black

Revell v. Lidov

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
317 F.3d 467 (5th Cir. 2002)


Facts

Lidov (defendant) wrote an article, which allegedly defamed Revell (plaintiff). At the time he wrote the article, Lidov did not know that Revell was a Texas resident. The majority of the article’s content was based on events that occurred outside of Texas, and Lidov did not use Texas-based sources. Lidov posted the article on a website maintained by Columbia University. The website served as a forum for subscribers to post articles and read materials posted by other subscribers. The website had no more than 20 subscribers from Texas. Revell sued Lidov and the Board of Trustees of Columbia University (Columbia) (defendant) in Texas federal court. Revell alleged the court had general and specific jurisdiction over Columbia and specific jurisdiction over Lidov. Lidov was a Massachusetts resident and Columbia’s principal place of business was in New York. Columbia did not maintain business operations in Texas. The district court dismissed the case for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision. To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Issue

The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question. To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Holding and Reasoning (Higginbotham, J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Here's why 81,000 law students rely on our case briefs:

  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners not other law students.
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet.
  • 11,513 briefs - keyed to 153 casebooks.
  • Uniform format for every case brief.
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language.
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions.
  • Ability to tag case briefs in an outlining tool.
  • Top-notch customer support.
Start Your Free Trial Now