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Abstention Doctrines Part I

Learn about the judicial abstention doctrines applicable to federal cases involving complicated or unclear state law.


I.         Introduction

Given Congress’s immense power over the lower federal courts, it’s not particularly surprising when Congress restricts their power through specific statutory constraints. However, what is surprising is when the federal courts themselves restrict their own power. Which is exactly what happens in the context of the judicially created abstention doctrines. Under these doctrines, federal courts abstain from exercising their...