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The First Ever (Maybe) Original Jurisdiction Standings

Journal of Law, Vol. 2, (Journal of Legal Metrics, Vol. 1), No. 19, 2012

Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-05

7 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2012  

Jay Wexler

Boston University School of Law

David Hatton

Boston University - School of Law

Date Written: February 10, 2012

Abstract

One of the more interesting clauses of the Constitution is the one that gives the Supreme Court original jurisdiction to hear lawsuits brought by one state against another state. These cases have historically made up a consistent, though small, part of the Supreme Court’s docket, but nobody has yet to investigate how the various states have fared in these suits. In this article, we analyze all of the state versus state cases decided over the past 112 years and provide the first ever (we think) official standings of how the states stack up. Minnesota is the big winner.

Keywords: Supreme Court, Original Jurisdiction

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Wexler, Jay and Hatton, David, The First Ever (Maybe) Original Jurisdiction Standings (February 10, 2012). Journal of Law, Vol. 2, (Journal of Legal Metrics, Vol. 1), No. 19, 2012; Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2002693

Jay Wexler (Contact Author)

Boston University School of Law ( email )

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States

David Hatton

Boston University - School of Law ( email )

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States

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