Chick Kam Choo v. Exxon Corporation

PETITIONER: Chick Kam Choo
RESPONDENT: Exxon Corporation
LOCATION: Arizona Department of Health Services

DOCKET NO.: 87-505
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1988-1990)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

CITATION: 486 US 140 (1988)
ARGUED: Mar 30, 1988
DECIDED: May 16, 1988

ADVOCATES:
Benton Musslewhite - on behalf of the Petitioner
James Patrick Cooney - for respondents

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - March 30, 1988 in Chick Kam Choo v. Exxon Corporation

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - May 16, 1988 in Chick Kam Choo v. Exxon Corporation

William H. Rehnquist:

I have the opinions of the Court to announce in three cases and the first of them, No. 87-505 Chick Kam Choo versus Exxon Corporation, is here on certiorari from the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

It involves the propriety of an order issued by a Federal District Court enjoining the petitioners from litigating a certain wrongful death action in the Texas state courts.

The question presented is whether this injunction is permissible in light of the Anti-Injunction Act, which generally bars federal courts from enjoining state court proceedings.

We hold that the injunction actually entered is broader than the limited, one we find permissible.

In an opinion authored by Justice O'Connor, accordingly, the judgment is reversed and the case is remanded for the District Court for further proceedings.

Justice White has filed a concurring opinion.