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Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, 17–1299

Held that a private citizen cannot sue one State in the courts of another. Overruled Nevada v. Hall, 440 U.S. 410 (1979), which had held that a State may grant or deny its sister States sovereign immunity as it chooses. The plaintiff here sought to bring a tort suit against a California state agency in Nevada state court. The U.S. Supreme Court concluded that the Constitution barred the suit. Justice Thomas delivered the opinion of the 5-4 Court.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2019/05/13


  • Thomas


  • United States Supreme Court


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