Supreme Court Trends In Federal Preemption

Law360, New York (November 4, 2013, 12:45 PM EST) -- Article VI of the U.S. Constitution declares: "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof ... shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding."[1]

This is known as the Supremacy Clause, and it has given rise to what is known as the doctrine of federal preemption. Simply put: the preemption doctrine means that whenever federal law and state law come into conflict with one another, the state law is preempted...

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