Burford v. Sun Oil Co.,
319 U.S. 315 (1943)

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Burford v. Sun Oil Co., 319 U.S. 315 (1943)

Burford v. Sun Oil Co.

No. 495

Argued February 8, 9, 1943

Reargued April 14, 15, 1943

Decided May 24, 1943*

319 U.S. 315



1. Jurisdiction by appeal from a state administrative body cannot be conferred on the federal District Court by a state statute. P. 319 U. S. 317.

2. A federal court having jurisdiction, whether by diversity of citizenship or by federal question, of a suit to enjoin enforcement of an

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administrative order of a state commission, may, in its sound discretion, refuse such relief if to grant it would be prejudicial to the public interest. P. 319 U. S. 317.

3. It is in the public interest that federal courts of equity should exercise their discretionary power with proper regard for the independence of state governments in carrying out their policies. P. 319 U. S. 318.

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