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MGT301 Business Law I: Court Cases

Information Resources for Business Law

What is case law?

From Wikipedia:

Case law is the reported decisions of selected appellate and other courts (called courts of first impression) which make new interpretations of the law and, therefore, can be cited as precedents in a process known as stare decisis. These interpretations are distinguished from statutory law which are the statutes and codes enacted by legislative bodies; regulatory law (a.k.a. administrative law) which are regulations established by governmental agencies based on statutes; and in some states, common law which are the generally accepted laws carried to the United States from England.

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Pennsylvania State

Thomson Reuters Westlaw logo
  • Click on the tab labeled “State Materials”
  • Click on “Pennsylvania” from the list of states
  • Click on “All Pennsylvania State Cases”
  • Enter your search terms in the box at the top of the page
  • Click on the “Search” button
  • Note: links to related documents will appear in the column on the right
OR use the "Shortcuts" menu on the left
  • If you have a citation for a specific case, you can search by citation number (e.g., 98 S.CT 2733)
  • If you have the name of a case, you can search by title (e.g., Roe v. Wade)
LexisNexis logo

 

Use this to look up Pennsylvania caselaw decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1791, the Pennsylvania Superior Courts from 1895, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Courts from 1970, the Commonwealth Court of Judicial Discipline from 1994, and decisions from the Courts of Common Pleas reported in Pennsylvania District & County Reports from 1918 and the Philadelphia County Reporter from 1977.
  • Click on "Search by Subject or Topic"
  • Under "Legal" click on "Federal and State Cases"
  • Enter a search strategy
  • Click on "Advanced Options"
  • Specify a date, if necessary
  • Select Pennsylvania from the drop-down menu
  • Click the "Apply" button
  • Click on the "Search" button
  • Note:  Use the drop-down menus in the "Search for" section to search by citation number or by party name

GoogleScholar logo

  • Click on "Case Law"
  • Enter keywords if looking up cases on your topic OR enter a specific case name as an exact phrase
  • If searching for Pennsylvania case law, select "Pennsylvania courts"
  • Click the search button.

Lycoming County

Other Courts

Thomson Reuters Westlaw logo
  • With the “All Content” tab selected, click on “Cases”
  • Select the court you wish to search
  • Enter your search terms in the box at the top of the screen
  • Click on the “Search” button
LexisNexis logo

 

  • Click on "Search by Subject or Topic"
  • Under "Legal" click on "Federal and State Cases"
  • Enter a search strategy
  • Click on "Advanced Options"
  • Specify a date, if necessary
  • If you select ""All Federal and State Courts," you will be searching all available Federal and State case law. Includes U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts and State case law for all 50 States plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories. Also includes specialty courts such as Military Appeals, Customs, Patents, Tax, Trade, Commerce, Veteran Appeals and Bankruptcy.
  • OR you can select the U.S. Supreme Court, an individual state, all states highest courts, all federal courts, all U.S. courts of appeal, all U.S. district courts, federal military courts, and indivdual circuit courts, including DC and federal circuit courts.
  • Click the "Apply" button
  • Click the "Search" button

GoogleScholar logo

  • Click on "Case Law"
  • Enter keywords if looking up cases on your topic OR enter a specific case name as an exact phrase
  • Use the "Select courts" option to choose from a list of courts in different states, districts, etc.
  • Click on the search button

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