Memphis Street Ry. Co. v. Moore
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243 U.S. 299 (1917)
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U.S. Supreme Court
Memphis Street Ry. Co. v. Moore, 243 U.S. 299 (1917)
Memphis Street Railway Company v. Moore
Argued January 29, 1917
Decided March 6, 1917
243 U.S. 299
Where no conflict with the federal Constitution or laws is involved, a construction of a state statute by the highest court of the state is accepted by this Court as conclusive. The act of Tennessee providing that, when nonresidents qualify in the state as the personal representatives of decedents dying and leaving assets therein, such nonresidents shall be treated as citizens of the
state for the purpose of suing and being sued, was not intended to exclude them from resort to the federal courts.
The purpose of the act as construed by the state supreme court was to permit them to sue in forma pauperis.
232 F. 708 affirmed.
The case is stated in the opinion.