7th Amendment: Right to a Jury (Law vs. Equity)

Chauffeurs, Teamsters & Helpers v. Terry
  • Charged union with not fairly representing workers for not pursuing claims against employer.
    • Breach of duty to provide zealous/fair representation.
  • Pulled duty of fair representation from case law, not statute.
  • Remedy desired: money.
    • Usually legal, but how come not equitable in this case? Why not restitution?
  • Should be jury trial or not?
      • This does satisfy requirement for a suit at common law and thus a jury is required.
      • Two part test (the Terry test):
        • 1. Nature of claim.
        • 2. Kind of remedy or relief requested.
    • Congress can always provide a jury trial, but cannot remove right to a jury trial.
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