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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Epstein

Docket No.: 94-1809
Argued: November 27, 1995
Decided: February 27, 1996

Topics:

28 U.S.C. 1738, Judicial Power, Civil Procedure, Comity, Anti-Injunction Act, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Due Process, Fourteenth Amendment, Full Faith and Credit, Title VII, Williams Act, antitrust, patent, res judicata

PartyNames: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD., et al., Petitioners, v. Lawrence EPSTEIN et al.
Petitioner: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
Respondent: Epstein

Court Below: THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
Citation: 50 F.3d 644
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
v.
Epstein
516 U.S. 367 (1996)
Other Citations: 116 S.Ct. 873134 L.Ed.2d 6 (516 U.S. 367
Question:

May a federal court refuse to grant full faith and credit to a state-court judgment approving a class-action settlement simply because the settlement releases claims within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal courts?

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Epstein
ORAL ARGUMENT

November 27, 1995

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 6 votes for Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., 3 vote(s) against
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