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Hans v. Louisiana
United States Supreme Court
134 U.S. 1, 10 S.Ct. 504 (1890)
Hans (plaintiff) was a citizen of the state of Louisiana (defendant). He brought suit against the state in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Louisiana for interest accrued on bonds issued by the state. The suit alleged that an amendment to the state constitution that barred the state from paying the interest violated the United States Constitution. The circuit court dismissed the action for lack of jurisdiction, and Hans appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bradley, J.)
Concurrence (Harlan, J.)
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