Monday, February 25, 2008

Federal Rules Reign Supreme

Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court handed down its opinions in Riegel v. Medtronic, Rowe v. New Hampshire Motor Transp. Assoc., and Preston v. Ferrer.  Over at the SCOTUS Blog, you can read more on Riegel here and more on Rowe here.  The common theme in all three cases, as discussed here in an NPR story, is that the Supreme Court overwhelmingly favors an interpretation of federal rules that allows them to prevail over state rules.  Big business is happy because they have less to worry about from state regulation while state officials inundated with arguments for preemption probably aren't.--Counseller

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