Brief Fact Summary. The Petitioners, a group of probation officers (Petitioners), brought suit in Maine State Court, alleging that their employer, the State of Maine (Respondent) violated overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
Synopsis of Rule of Law. State sovereign immunity prevents a non-consenting state from being sued in state court for violations of federal law.
Issue. May Congress require non-consenting states to submit to private suits in their own courts under Article I?
Held. No. State Supreme Court ruling affirmed.
The United States Supreme Court (Supreme Court) recounts the judicial development of the doctrine of state sovereign immunity and its application in the federal courts.
The Supreme Court rules that to allow Congress to bring a non-consenting state into state court when it could not do so in federal court would make hollow the doctrine of sovereign immunity.
The State's sovereign immunity poses a bar to federal jurisdiction over suits against non-consenting States.View Full Point of Law