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Sunset Motor Lines v. Lu Tex Packing

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Sunset Motor Lines, Inc. v. Lu Tex Packing Co., 256 F.2d 495 (5th Cir. 1958) (full-text).

Factual Background Edit

Lu Tex Packing brought a negligence claim against Sunset Motor Lines, a truck carrier, for the total loss of a shipment of beef. Lu Tex attempted to introduce into evidence an IBM punch card prepared by the Department of Agriculture, which was normally used for accounting purposes, that stated that the beef was ruined. Sunset objected to the evidence on the ground it was not a business record.

Appellate Court Proceedings Edit

The circuit affirmed the trial court's exclusion of the evidence. It reasoned that even if the punch card were a record within 28 U.S.C. §§1731 et seq., it was not certified as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 44(a), and was properly excluded.

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