From our private database of 28,500+ case briefs...
Semtek Int'l. Inc. v. Lockheed Martin Corp.
United States Supreme Court
531 U.S. 497 (2001)
Semtek International, Inc. (Semtek) (plaintiff) sued Lockheed Martin Corp. (Lockheed) (defendant) in California state court for inducement of breach of contract and other business torts. Lockheed removed the action to federal court on the basis of diversity of citizenship. Lockheed then moved for dismissal arguing that Semtek’s claims were barred by California’s two-year statute of limitations. The court dismissed the claim under Rule 41(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The court's dismissal order stated that the matter was being dismissed "on the merits and with prejudice." Semtek then filed its action in Maryland state court, where the claims would have been subject to a three-year statute of limitations. The court dismissed Semtek's action on res judicata grounds. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed, finding that the dismissal of the case on its merits in federal court precluded the claim from being raised in state court. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Scalia, 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 545,000 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 545,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 28,500 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.