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Rooker v. Fidelity Trust Co.

263 U.S. 413 (1923)

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Rooker v. Fidelity Trust Co.

United States Supreme Court

263 U.S. 413 (1923)

Facts

Rooker (plaintiff) sued Fidelity Trust Co. (defendant), lost at trial, and appealed. The Indiana Supreme Court affirmed. Rooker sought review by the federal district court, arguing that the state statute providing the trial court’s rule of decision violated the federal Constitution’s Contract Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause, which made the trial court’s decision void. The federal district court dismissed on grounds that it had original, not appellate jurisdiction to review the federal question. Rooker appealed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Van Devanter, J.)

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