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Arakaki v. Cayetano

324 F.3d 1078 (2003)

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Arakaki v. Cayetano

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

324 F.3d 1078 (2003)

Facts

Arakaki (plaintiff) filed an action against the State of Hawaii and various state agencies (the state) (defendants), challenging the constitutionality of certain exclusive benefits given to Hawaiians and native Hawaiians and arguing that the benefits violated the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. Josiah Hoohuli filed a motion to intervene, citing interests to ensure continued receipt of benefits and to limit the class of eligible beneficiaries to only native Hawaiians, at the exclusion of the broader Hawaiian class. The district court dismissed Hoohuli’s motion to intervene. Hoohuli appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hug, J.)

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