From our private database of 33,600+ case briefs...
Rigas v. Livingston
New York Court of Appeals
178 N.Y. 20 (1904)
The plaintiff operated and occupied a fruit stand on the sidewalk in front of a store in New York City. The tenant, Levy, who operated the store sought to have the plaintiff removed through city officials. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit against two specific city officials, the commissioner of public works and the superintendent of the bureau of incumbrances. The plaintiff requested injunctive relief in the form of an order that the defendants not remove or interfere with his fruit stand. The trial court granted the injunctive relief and stated that the court order applied to all persons having knowledge of the order. The landlord who owned the store then filed an action seeking to have the tenant evicted. However, the landlord was the tenant’s father-in-law. The tenant defaulted, and the landlord obtained an order requiring the tenant’s removal. The landlord’s attorney went to the property with a city marshal to perform the eviction. During this process, the plaintiff’s fruit stand was destroyed. The city marshal and the landlord’s attorney both knew of the injunction. The plaintiff requested that the trial court hold Levy, the attorney, and the city marshal in contempt.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cullen, 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 603,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead 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.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 603,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,600 briefs, keyed to 984 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.