Shepard's ® Table of Authorities gives you an at-a-glance analysis of the foundation of your case. The table of authorities lists cases that your case cited and shows which cases it relied on, with their current status.
This tutorial begins at the Shepard's ® report for Junker v Tinney (549 F. Supp. 574).
The Shepard's Signal ™ for Juncker v Tinney indicates positive treatment. Therefore, Juncker v Tinney appears to be good law. But is it?
Select the "TOA" link, and a quick check of the table of authorities shows that Juncker v Tinney relied on a case that has received negative treatment, as indicated by the Shepard's Signal for Parratt v Taylor.
Let's review the features on the table of authorities report.
For example, select the Shepard's Signal for Parratt v Taylor. The Shepard's report shows that Parratt was overruled, which may reveal that Juncker is "bad law," since it relied on Parratt. And for further verification, it's a good idea to check the pinpoint page to see why the case was overruled.
With Shepard's Table of Authorities, you can quickly evaluate the authorities your case relies on. And, as this tutorial demonstrates, if their validity is in doubt, then your case might also be suspect, even though it has never been cited in a negative way.
That concludes the Shepard's Table of Authorities tutorial. Now you can:
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