Amy v. Watertown
130 U.S. 301 (1889)

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Amy v. Watertown , 130 U.S. 301 (1889)

Amy v. Watertown (No. 1)

No. 196

Argued March 12-13, 1889

Decided April 8, 1889

130 U.S. 301

ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN

Syllabus

Between the time when the Process Act of May 8, 1792, 1 Stat. 275, went into effect and the passage of the Act of June 1, 1872, 17 Stat. 196, Rev.Stat. § 914, it was always in the power of the federal courts, by general

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rules, to adapt their practice to the exigencies and conditions of the times, but since the passage of the latter act, the practice, pleadings and forms and modes of proceeding must conform to the state law and to the practice of the state courts except when Congress has legislated upon a particular subject and prescribed a rule.

When a state statute prescribes a particular method of serving mesne process, that method must be followed, and this rule is especially exacting in reference to corporations.

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