Welge v. Planters Lifesavers Co.
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
17 F.3d 209 (7th Cir. 1994)
Richard Welge (plaintiff) was putting the cap on a glass jar of Planters peanuts when it shattered, cutting his hand. Welge brought suit against Planters Lifesavers Co. (Planters), the manufacturer of the glass jar, and K-Mart (defendants), where the peanuts were purchased. Welge testified that he was using the jar exactly how it was meant to be used and that he did not somehow damage the jar after he bought it. At trial experts agreed that there was a defect in the jar, but could not determine where it was or when it came to be. The district court granted the defendants summary judgment on the ground that Welge did not exclude possible causes of the accident other than a manufacturing defect. Welge appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Posner, C.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 175,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 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.