Memphis Street Ry. Co. v. Moore,
243 U.S. 299 (1917)

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Memphis Street Ry. Co. v. Moore, 243 U.S. 299 (1917)

Memphis Street Railway Company v. Moore

No. 623

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

Page 243 U. S. 300

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.

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