Erie v. Tompkins

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In Erie v. Tompkins, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Swift v. Tyson and held that federal courts are without authority under the Constitution to create substantive federal common law in place of state common law in actions brought under state law.

This decision of judicial restraint is considered by law professors—typically a left-leaning group—to be one of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever.[1]