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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. v. Mayacamas Corp.
United States Supreme Court
485 U.S. 271, 108 S. Ct. 1133, 99 L. Ed. 2d 296 (1988)
Mayacamas Corp. (plaintiff) and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. (Gulfstream) (defendant) entered into a contract under which Mayacamas agreed to buy a Gulfstream aircraft. Later, Mayacamas refused to buy the aircraft. Gulfstream filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit in Georgia state court against Mayacamas. Rather than removing the case to federal court, Mayacamas filed its own breach-of-contract lawsuit against Gulfstream in federal district court. Gulfstream filed a motion in federal district court asking the court to either stay or dismiss Mayacamas’s federal court action while the state case was pending. Gulfstream cited Colorado River Water Conservation Dist. v. United States to argue that exceptional circumstances existed to support the requested stay or dismissal. The district court denied the motion, holding that no exceptional circumstances existed in the case. Gulfstream appealed, arguing that the court of appeals had jurisdiction to hear the appeal: (1) under the collateral-order doctrine, (2) as an interlocutory appeal, or (3) as a writ of mandamus. The court of appeals dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Gulfstream appealed, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)
Concurrence (Scalia, J.)
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