U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Precedent, Keeps Court Cases in Home States

Can a California company/agency be sued in a Nevada state court? — that is the question driving SCOTUS’ latest decision which overturns a precedent in a more than two-decades old tax dispute (Franchise Tax Bd. of Cal. v. Hyatt, U.S.,) that’s already been up to the Supreme Court twice before. Whew!

Gilbert Hyatt initially obtained a nearly half-a-billion-dollar judgment against the state agency for torts committed during a tax audit. The judgment was subsequently drastically reduced and it was completely wiped out with the ruling.

In doing so, Justice Clarence Thomas said that the founding generation “took as given that States could not be haled involuntarily before each other’s courts.” Thomas was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. A divided U.S. Supreme Court jettisoned the 40-year-old ruling, raising concerns about the future of other long-standing precedents.

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