U.S. Supreme Court E. R. Squibb & Sons v. Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, 293 U.S. 190 (1934)
E. R. Squibb & Sons v. Mallinckrodt Chemical Works
Argued November 7, 1934
Decided November 19, 1934
293 U.S. 190
CERTIFICATE FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE EIGHT CIRCUIT
Where an appeal is properly before the Circuit Court of Appeals and, upon hearing it, the court determine that such assignments of error as have been duly filed have been abandoned, the court may affirm the decree.
Questions certified by the court below after it had affirmed an interlocutory decree enjoining infringement of the plaintiff's patent, see 69 F.2d 685, and after a petition for rehearing had been filed.
The Circuit Court of Appeals has certified the following questions:
"Question 1. Where, on an appeal properly in this Court, the appellee contends that one of the assignments of errors has been abandoned and all others are not presentable because defective either as assignments of errors or as specifications of errors and urges affirmance of the decree appealed from and this Court determines that such contention is well founded in all respects and that no issue on the merits is, for such reasons, presentable to it, is it proper to affirm the decree appealed from? "
"Question 2. If question 1 should be answered in the negative, should the order of this Court be a dismissal without prejudice?"
Where an appellant fails to file assignments of error as required by the applicable rule (28 U.S.C. 862, 880; Rule No. 11 of the Rules of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit), the appeal may be dismissed. Compare Rules of this Court No. 9 and No. 27, pars. 4, 5. But where an appeal is properly before the court and, upon hearing the appeal, the court determines that such assignments of error as have been duly filed have been abandoned, the court may affirm the decree from which the appeal is taken.
Question No. 1 is answered in the affirmative.