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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

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Epstein
Case Documents

1Opinion in Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Epstein
2Opinion in Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Epstein
Additional documents for this case are pending review.