Erie doctrine

noun

ˈir-ē-
: 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

Etymology

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 28 Nov. 2022.

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