Sossamon v. Texas

Docket No.
Op. Below
Argument
Nov 2, 2010
Tr.Aud.
Opinion
Vote
6-2
Author
Thomas
Term

Disclosure: Goldstein, Howe & Russell represents the petitioner in this case.

Holding: When they accept federal funding, states do not consent to waive their sovereign immunity to private lawsuits for money damages under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. (Kagan, J., recused).

Plain English Holding: State prisons are not subject to suit for money damages under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

Judgment: Affirmed, 6-2, in an opinion by Justice Thomas on April 20, 2011. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissent, joined by Justice Breyer. (Kagan, J., recused).

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