Boca Grande Club, Inc. v. Florida Power & Light Co., 511 U.S. 222 (1994)

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Opinion of the Court


certiorari to the united states court of appeals for the eleventh circuit

No. 93-180. Argued January 11, 1994—Decided April 20, 1994

Held: The judgment is vacated and the case remanded for further proceedings consistent with McDermott, Inc. v. AmClyde, ante, p. 202, which adopts the proportionate share rule, under which actions for contribution against settling defendants are neither necessary nor permitted. Pp. 222-223.

990 F. 2d 606, vacated and remanded.

Stevens, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

David F. Pope argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Jack C. Rinard.

Ronald J. Mann argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging affirmance. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Days, Assistant Attorney General Hunger, Deputy Solicitor General Kneedler, and Richard A. Olderman.

Stuart C. Markman argued the cause for respondent.

With him on the briefs were James E. Felman, C. Steven Yerrid, and Christopher S. Knopik.*

Justice Stevens delivered the opinion of the Court. We granted certiorari, 509 U. S. 953 (1993), to consider the question whether, in an action against several alleged joint

*Briefs of amicus curiae urging reversal were filed for the Maritime Law Association of the United States by Warren B. Daly, Jr., and George W. Healy III; and for the National Association of Securities and Commercial Law Attorneys by William S. Lerach, Leonard B. Simon, and Kevin P. Roddy.

Kathryn A. Oberly, Carl D. Liggio, Jon N. Ekdahl, Harris J. Amhowitz,

Howard J. Krongard, Edwin D. Scott, and Eldon Olson filed a brief for Arthur Andersen & Co. et al. as amici curiae urging affirmance.

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