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Welcome to the CQ Press Supreme Court Collection, a destination for authoritative information and data on cases, justices, and the history and power of the U.S. Supreme Court. Researchers will find the data and tools to answer questions about justices and their opinions and behavior.

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The latest Supreme Court news and analysis from legal affairs expert Kenneth Jost.

High Court’s ‘Original Jurisdiction’ in Suits by States – January 7, 2021

The concept of original jurisdiction laid out in the Constitution allows federal courts to hear cases brought against states by other states or citizens of other states, bypassing the lower courts completely. Today, these cases mostly comprise water disputes, but in late 2020, in a historical first, Texas brought an election lawsuit against Pennsylvania challenging the latter’s voting laws that handed the presidential win to Joe Biden. In this Court Report, court expert Kenneth Jost discusses the history of original jurisdiction and those cases recently brought before the Court.