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Shoshone Mining Co. v. Rutter

United States Supreme Court
177 U.S. 505 (1900)


Rutter (plaintiff) filed suit in federal court claiming that it held superior title to a mining patent over Shoshone Mining Co. (Shoshone) (defendant). The federal statute governing the claim stated that the claim was to be filed in a court of competent jurisdiction. The statute further stated that the right of possession could be determined by local rules, as long as the rules were not inconsistent with federal law. Rutter and Shoshone were citizens of the same state. Shoshone filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that the federal court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction over the claim. The district court denied the motion, and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Brewer, J.)

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