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Western Union Telegraph Co. v. Andrews, 216 U.S. 165 (1910)

Western Union Telegraph Company v. Andrews

No. 8

Argued April 13, 14, 1909

Decided February 21, 1910

216 U.S. 165


Individuals who, as officers of the state, are clothed with some duty in regard to the enforcement of the law of the state, and who threaten and are about to commence proceedings, either of a civil or a criminal nature, to enforce against parties affected an unconstitutional act, violating the federal Constitution, may be enjoined by a federal court of equity from such action, and such an action is not prohibited by the Eleventh Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Ex Parte Young, 209 U. S. 123.

The facts are stated in the opinion.

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