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Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986)

Representing the administratrix of the estate of a worker who died due to asbestos exposure. This case was an appeal by the asbestos manufacturer to the reversal of a motion for summary judgment.

The Supreme Court held that: (1) Rule 56(c) mandates the entry of summary judgment after adequate time for discovery against a party who fails to make a showing sufficient to establish the existence of an element essential to that party’s case as to which that party will bear the burden of proof at trial; (2) there is no requirement that the moving party support its motion with affidavits or other similar materials negating the opponent’s claim; and (3) the nonmoving party need not produce evidence in a form that would be admissible at trial in order to avoid summary judgment.

Brief for Petitioner
Brief for Respondent
Reply Brief for Petitioner