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Quimbee Case of the Week: Morrison v. Olson

Independent counsels born of Watergate, upheld in Morrison v. Olson

May 03, 2016

In response to the Watergate scandal and the Saturday Night Massacre that occurred under the Nixon presidential administration, Congress passed the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, which imposed a number of ethical obligations on government officials and public sector employees.

Quimbee Case of the Week: Celotex v. Catrett

A trilogy from the 1980s that involved summary judgments, not George Lucas (Celotex v. Catrett)

April 19, 2016

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986), construing that rule would become one of the most important and often cited cases on federal civil procedure. Along with Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, 477 U.S. 242 (1986), and Matsushita Electric Industries Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 US 574 (1986), Celotex is part of what has come to be known as the 1986 Trilogy setting forth the substantive standards for Rule 56 summary judgments.