No. 91-367.

504 U.S. 689 (1992)

ANKENBRANDT, as next friend and mother of L. R., et al. v. RICHARDS et al.

United States Supreme Court.

Decided June 15, 1992.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard Ducote argued the cause and filed a brief for petitioner.

Paul Weidenfeld argued the cause for respondents. With him on the brief was Samuel S. Dalton.*

White, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, and Souter, JJ., joined. Blackmun, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, p. 707. Stevens, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Thomas, J., joined, p. 717.

Justice White, delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case presents the issue whether the federal courts have jurisdiction or should abstain in a case involving alleged torts committed by the former husband of petitioner and his female companion against petitioner's children, when the sole basis for federal jurisdiction is the diversity-ofcitizenship provision of 28 U. S. C. § 1332.


Petitioner Carol Ankenbrandt, a citizen of Missouri, brought...

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