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Schlagenhauf v. Holder

United States Supreme Court
379 U.S. 104 (1964)

Schlagenhauf v. Holder


Schlagenhauf was driving a Greyhound bus when he ran straight into a tractor-trailer, injuring a passenger on the bus. The passenger brought suit against Greyhound; Schlagenhauf; Contract Carriers, Inc. (CCI), the owner of the tractor; Joseph McCorkhill, the driver of the tractor; and National Lead Company (NLC), the owner of the trailer (defendants). CCI and NLC filed a petition seeking a court order for Schlagenhauf to undergo separate mental and physical examinations in internal medicine, ophthalmology, neurology, and psychiatry. CCI stated that Schlagenhauf “was not mentally or physically capable of operating” the bus. NLC stated that Schlagenhauf’s vision was impaired at the time of the accident. The district court ordered multiple examinations and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Goldberg, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Black, J.)

Dissent (Douglas, J.)

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