Schweiker v. Hansen
United States Supreme Court
450 U.S. 785 (1981)
In 1974, Hansen (plaintiff) met with Don Connelly of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Hansen asked Connelly if she was eligible for “mother’s insurance benefits,” which required a written application. Connelly stated that she was not eligible. In reliance on this statement, Hansen did not file an application. Connelly’s statement was incorrect and not in accord with the SSA’s Claims Manual, a handbook for SSA employees. In 1975, Hansen did file an application and was approved for the insurance benefits. Hansen sought retroactive benefits from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) (defendant) on account of Connelly’s incorrect advice. HHS denied Hansen retroactive benefits. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed, finding that HHS was estopped from denying Hansen retroactive benefits on account of Connelly’s erroneous statement. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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 725,000 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 725,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,600 briefs, keyed to 983 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.