Erie doctrine


: a doctrine that a federal court exercising diversity jurisdiction over a case for which no federal law is relevant must apply the law of the state in which it is sitting

called also Erie Rule

see also Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins

Word History


from the Supreme Court case Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins, which resulted in definition of the doctrine

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“Erie doctrine.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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