Pullman abstention

Definition of "Pullman abstention"
  1. A type of judicial discretion where a federal court declines to rule on a case because it involves unclear aspects of state law that could potentially be resolved by a state court
How to use "Pullman abstention" in a sentence
  1. The judge decided to apply Pullman abstention to avoid ruling on the case involving the interpretation of the ambiguous state law.
  2. When faced with a case full of uncertain state law matters, the federal court might opt for Pullman abstention.
  3. The complexities of state law in the case lead to a need for Pullman abstention, pushing the decision to a state court.

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