U.S. Supreme Court

Case Status


Docket Number



Cert. Denied


Questions Presented

Do federal courts lack authority to inquire into the nature and scope of an alleged state-law claim in determining whether resolution of the claim would involve interpretation or application of a collective bargaining agreement governed by the Railway Labor Act and thus trigger preemption?

Case Updates

U.S. Supreme Court denies cert. petition to review Ninth Circuit decision regarding Railway Labor Act’s preemption of state law claims involving interpretation of collective bargaining agreements

April 01, 2019

The U.S. Chamber filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to grant review and reverse the decision.

U.S. Chamber files coalition amicus brief

December 28, 2018

The U.S. Chamber and the Association of American Railroads filed a coalition amicus brief encouraging the Supreme Court to grant cert. and reverse the Ninth Circuit decision holding that federal courts must accept plaintiffs’ allegations concerning state law in determining whether state-law claims are preempted by federal labor laws.

Shay Dvoretsky, Donald J. Munro, Douglas W. Hall and Vivek Suri of Jones Day served as co-counsel for the amici.

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