Threshold Requirements: Standing, Case or Controversy & Ripeness


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Mary witnesses a fatal car accident and begins having nightmares as a result. Does she have standing to sue for pain and suffering or emotional distress?

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1. Janet was walking through the grocery store when she came upon a broken jar of tomato sauce. She carefully stepped around the mess. Later that evening, she thought about all of the things that could have happened if she actually slipped because of the spill. Does Janet have a case against the grocery store?

2. Blake looked both ways before he crossed Ocean Highway. Upon stepping into the crosswalk, a car hit him sending him 10 feet into the air. What type of injury did Blake have?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Threshold requirements help courts determine the viability of a lawsuit, and this quiz and worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge on the three ways in which courts make these determinations. With the scenarios provided, the quiz will ask you to determine whether there is standing for a case, and the possible actions of a court regarding the scenario.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Standing in a case
  • Ripeness in a case
  • Various injury definitions

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on threshold requirements in law from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about determining the outcomes of lawsuits
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about common threshold requirements and whether there is standing for a case or not

Additional Learning

Review the corresponding lesson titled Threshold Requirements: Standing, Case or Controversy & Ripeness to learn more about common threshold requirements. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the standing threshold
  • Discuss Frothingham v. Mellon (1923)
  • Define the case and controversy doctrine
  • Discuss Official English Language v. Arizona (1997)
  • Define the ripeness doctrine
  • Discuss Franciscan University of Steubenville, et al. v. Sebelius, et. al.