Shaheen v. Knight
Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County
11 Pa. D. & C.2d 41 (1957)
Dr. Knight (defendant) performed sterilization through vasectomy on Shaheen (plaintiff). Thereafter, Shaheen’s wife became pregnant. Shaheen sued for breach of contract. He identified his damages as the need to now support the child he was not supposed to have had. In defense, Dr. Knight alleged that such a contract is void because it goes against public policy; that a physician need not provide an “implied warranty of cure”; that Shaheen did not allege Dr. Knight’s lack of skill, malpractice, or negligence; that the action is not based in assumpsit, but in deceit and no elements of deceit have been alleged; that a doctor’s duty to his patient does not arise in contract; and that Shaheen has not suffered damages, but has been blessed with a child.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Williams, P.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 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read 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. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 166,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 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.