RESPONDENT: Becton Dickinson & Co.
LOCATION: City of Brookfield: City Hall
DOCKET NO.: 87-283
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1988-1990)
CITATION: 486 US 196 (1988)
ARGUED: Mar 21, 1988
DECIDED: May 23, 1988
Facts of the case
Media for Budinich v. Becton Dickinson & Co.Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - March 21, 1988 in Budinich v. Becton Dickinson & Co.
Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - May 23, 1988 in Budinich v. Becton Dickinson & Co.
William H. Rehnquist:
I have two opinions of the Court to announce.
In the first, No. 87-283, Budinich versus Becton Dickinson & Company in an opinion authored by Justice Scalia.
We hold that in a case where there's a judgment on the merits resolved by the District Court but there remains outstanding a claim for attorney's fees.
We hold that federal law governs this situation and that where there is a final decision on the merits, it is immediately appealable and even though there is a request for attorney's fees outstanding.
The opinion is unanimous.