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Q: In Birkel v. Hassebrook Farm Services, 219 Neb. 286, what is the issue, what is the holding and what is the reasoning?

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Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: If you are asking for someone to explain a particular case to you, (and presumably, determine whether and how it affects your situation), you need to consult an attorney. This forum is for general legal questions.

In general the issue in a case is the particular legal question before the court. The holding is how the court ruled on that question, and the reasoning is the explanation of why they held the way they did. By reading a case carefully, you will often find that the court states explicitly what the issue, holding and reasoning are. (i.e. the court will often explicitly state "the issue before us is. . ." and "because . . we hold that . . . .".

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