Case Brief Assignment

To fully understand the law with respect to business, you need to be able to read and understand court decisions. To make this task easier, you can use a method of case analysis that is called briefing. There is a fairly standard procedure that you can follow when you brief any court case. You must first read the case opinion carefully. When you feel you understand the case, you can prepare a brief of it.
Although the format of the brief may vary, typically it will present the essentials of the case under headings such as those listed below.

Citation. Give the full citation for the case, including the name of the case, the date it was decided, and the court that decided it.

Facts. Briefly indicate (a) the reasons for the lawsuit; (b) the identity and arguments of the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s), respectively; and (c) the lower courts decisionif appropriate.

Issue. Concisely phrase, in the form of a question, the essential issue before the court. (If more than one issue is involved, you may have twoor even morequestions here.)

Decision. Indicate herewith a yes or no, if possiblethe courts answer to the question (or questions) in the Issue section above.

Reason.