Thursday, May 16, 2013

Federal Transportation Preemption Limited by U.S. Supreme Court in Dan's City Used Cars, Inc. v. Pelkey -- Statutory Interpretation Voiced by Justice Scalia in a Previous Dissent is Found Important by Justice Ginsburg and a Unanimous Court

Deepak Gupta at SCOTUSblog provides an analysis of the unanimous Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Ginsburg in Dan's City Used Cars, Inc. v. Pelkey, a decision which relies in part on statutory interpretation voiced by Justice Scalia in a previous dissent.

The liberal and conservative wings of the Court thus found common legal ground in this case.

See Unanimous Justices recognize “massive” limit on transportation preemption.

The Supreme Court is to be applauded here for issuing a unanimous decision and voicing a clear standard that can be understood by all.

The Court relied in part for its decision on the reasoning found in a statement in Justice Scalia's dissent in Ours Garage, 536 U. S., at 449 (Scalia, J., dissenting), and notes in footnote 4 that:
"Although this statement appears in the Ours Garage dissent, nothing in the Court's opinion in that case is in any way inconsistent with the dissent's characterization of § 14501(c)(1)."
This kind of legal "congruence" on the Supreme Court makes us optimistic as to the Court's future jurisprudential decision-making.

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