No. 79-838.

448 U.S. 1 (1980)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 25, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James Eastman Smith, Assistant Attorney General of Maine, argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs was Richard S. Cohen, Attorney General.

Robert Edmond Mittel argued the cause for respondents. With him on the brief were Susan Calkins and Hugh Calkins.*

MR. JUSTICE BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court.

The case presents two related questions arising under 42 U. S. C. §§ 1983 and 1988. Respondents brought this suit in the Maine Superior Court alleging that petitioners, the State of Maine and its Commissioner of Human Services, violated § 1983 by depriving respondents of welfare benefits to which they were entitled under the federal Social Security Act,...

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