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What are some cases involving the Seventh Amendment?

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Tull v. United States is one major cases involving the Seventh Amendment. The Seventh Amendment guarantees individuals the right to a jury trial.

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What are some cases involving the Seventh Amendment?
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In Tull v. United States, the government brought a lawsuit against Edward Tull in 1987. The real estate developer was accused of discharging fill into wetlands which violated the Clean Water Act. Before the trial was set to begin, Tull demanded a jury trial. His request was denied by the court, and a bench trial took place. Tull was found guilty of the charges and was fined for his act. He took his case to the Court of Appeals where the decision was affirmed. During a Supreme Court hearing, it was determined that Tull did have to right to a trial jury. However, the jury could not set the amount of penalty. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the proceeding to follow the steps as outlined by the Supreme Court.

Another case involving the Seventh Amendment is that of Feltner v. Columbia Pictures Television, Inc. This case involved C. Elvin Feltner Jr, and the Krypton International Corporation. The company ran television shows licensed from Columbia Pictures, and after payments were not made, Columbia Pictures pulled Feltner’s license to run the shows in question. Krypton continued to run the shows, even after the revocation and Columbia filed a lawsuit against the corporation. Feltner requested a jury trial during the proceedings and was denied. He was fined over 8 million dollars. After the Court of Appeals upheld the fine, the case was turned over to the Supreme Court. The high court determined that when there are statutory damages involved, the defendant has a right to the jury trial.

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