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High Court May Consider Ending Hypothetical Jurisdiction

Law360 (February 13, 2018, 12:34 PM EST) -- Lower federal courts are courts of twice-limited subject-matter jurisdiction: They may exercise authority only over the types of cases and controversies set forth in Article III, and then only to the extent those cases and controversies are “encompassed within a statutory grant of jurisdiction.”[1] A little-discussed petition for certiorari, Vitol SA v. Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico (No. 17-951), concerns the second of those limits, presenting the important question of whether a lower federal court may resolve a case on the merits without determining...
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