Legal Research Examples

A place for me to save and share examples of legal research quirks and answers to common questions.

Positive Law
“In cases, like this, where the two versions conflict, the rule is that the Statutes at Large version controls.” Midland Power Co-op. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Com’n, 774 F.3d 1, at 3 (D.C. Cir 2014) (finding discrepancy between 16 U.S.C. 825l(b) & 49 Stat. 860).

Committee Report Not Considered
“Putting the legislative history aside, we see virtually no support for respondents’ position. Under these circumstances, where everything other than the legislative history overwhelming suggests that expert fees may not be recovered, the legislative history is simply not enough.” Arlington Cent. Sch. Dist. Bd. of Educ. v. Murphy, 548 U.S. 291, 304 (2006).

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