Justices Weigh Federal Abstention In State Agency Disputes

Law360, Washington (November 5, 2013, 9:21 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday mulled whether the so-called Younger doctrine was applied too broadly by a federal court abstaining from hearing a dispute between Sprint Communications Co. LP and the Iowa Utilities Board, in a case that could have wider ramifications for federal court challenges to state agency decisions.

The court heard oral arguments from Sprint’s counsel, Timothy Simeone of Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, who argued that the Younger doctrine — derived from 1971's Younger v. Harris, in which the high court ruled a...
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