Erie doctrine

noun
\ ˈir-ē- \

Legal Definition of 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

History and Etymology for Erie doctrine

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

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“Erie doctrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/Erie%20doctrine. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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