Pennhurst State School & Hospital v. Halderman
Significance, The Developmentally Disabled Assistance And Bill Of Rights Act, Further Readings
Pennhurst State School & Hospital
Terri Lee Halderman
That the federal court cannot award injunctive relief against state officials where the relief is justified through state law.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
H. Bartow Farr III
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Thomas K. Gilhool
Justices for the Court
Warren E. Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
23 January 1984
The Eleventh Amendment of the Constitution bars federal courts from granting an injunction ordering state officials to conform their conduct to state law.
- Ex Parte Young, 209 U.S. 123 (1908).
- Ashwander v. Tennessee Valley Authority, 297 U.S. 288 (1936).
- Hutto v. Finney, 437 U.S. 678 (1978).
Bradley, David, and Shelley Fisher Fishkin, eds. The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America. Armonk, NY: Sharpe, 1998.
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