Civil Procedure II, Pages 682–685

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Wetzel

1976

Facts:

Plaintiff sued defendant claiming that defendant's employee insurance benefits and maternity leave regulations discriminated against women.

Procedural History:

The district court ruled in favor of plaintiffs, however did not award an injunction or any damages. Plaintiff appealed to the Court of Appeals, which held that it had jurisdiction and affirmed on the merits.

Issue:

Whether the district court's order could be appealed.

Rule:

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(b)

Reasoning:

FRCP 54(b) does not apply to single-claim actions.

Rule/Holding:

The district court's order was not appealable.

Judgment:

Vacated and remanded.

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