Diversity Ruling Binding on State Courts?

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Diversity Ruling Binding on State Courts?

Postby clshopeful » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:12 pm

Can someone give me the answer? I cannot find it.

If a federal court is sitting in diversity jurisdiction, i.e., applying state law, is the federal court's ruling binding on the lower state courts in the state? Such as if a diversity case decided a state law issue by interpreting a state law that hadn't been done before by the state courts; does this interpretation bind a state superior court?

my prediction is No, since doing so would usurp state's ability to have its own laws

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Re: Diversity Ruling Binding on State Courts?

Postby landshoes » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:56 am

No, it's not binding on state courts. I forget exactly what case, but you should probably read Erie or like a supplement or something.

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