272 F2d 564 Williams v. Greenblatt

272 F.2d 564

Elsie Pamela WILLIAMS, through her next friend, Elsie Williams, and Elsie Williams, in her individual capacity, Appellants,
Abraham GREENBLATT, Appellee.

No. 15106.

United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit.

Argued November 12, 1959.

Decided November 25, 1959.

Mr. Albert J. Ahern, Jr., Washington, D. C., with whom Mr. James J. Laughlin, Washington, D. C., was on the brief, for appellants.

Mr. Thomas J. Ahern, Jr., Washington, D. C., for appellee.

Before EDGERTON, DANAHER and BASTIAN, Circuit Judges.


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The plaintiff child suddenly and without warning ran through a thick hedge bordering an alley just as the defendant's car turned in from the street. She collided with the car which was almost instantly brought to a stop. Following the procedure authorized by Fed.R.Civ.P. 50(b), 28 U.S.C.A., and a practice which we have previously approved,1 the District Judge allowed the jury to consider the controverted issues as to negligence and contributory negligence. After a plaintiff's verdict had been returned, he granted the defendant's motion for judgment n. o. v. We are satisfied that in such exercise of his legal discretion no error resulted.2





We thus are able to test the judge's determination against that of the jury without necessitating a new trial should we find his judgment erroneous. Shewmaker v. Capital Transit Co., 1944, 79 U.S.App.D.C. 102, 143 F.2d 142


Cf. Capital Transit Co. v. Gamble, 1947, 82 U.S.App.D.C. 57, 160 F.2d 283