The Erie Doctrine: A Flowchart
Akron Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 215-57, 2019
William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-396
45 Pages Posted: 23 May 2019
Date Written: May 10, 2019
The following is a complete flowchart for Erie problems. Although it differs from past efforts in many respects, perhaps the most important difference is that it accommodates all the jurisdictional contexts in which Erie problems can arise in federal court, not just diversity jurisdiction. My hope is that this flowchart will help demystify Erie, by showing that Erie problems are, by and large, standard choice-of-law problems, much like those faced by state courts.
Keywords: Erie Doctrine, Choice of Law, Federal Procedure, Diversity Jurisdiction, Supplemental Juisdiction, Bankruptcy, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
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