The Irrepressible Influence of Byrd

19 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2010  

Richard D. Freer

Emory University School of Law

Thomas C. Arthur

Emory University School of Law

Abstract

This piece will appear in a symposium on the Shady Grove case in the Creighton Law Review. In it, we argue that the 1958 case of Byrd v. Blue Ridge Electrical Cooperative provides the fullest explication of the principles underlying vertical choice of law. We conclude that although the Supreme Court has rarely given Byrd its due, the separate opinions in Shady Grove reflect its influence.

Keywords: Federal Courts, Erie, Choice of Law, Federalism

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Freer, Richard D. and Arthur, Thomas C., The Irrepressible Influence of Byrd. Creighton Law Review, Forthcoming; Emory Law and Economics Research Paper No. 10-91. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1722621

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Thomas C. Arthur

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