Conflict of Laws

Definition - What does Conflict of Laws mean?

Conflict of laws refers to a situation where both federal and state laws, laws of different states, or different courts are in a conflict or disagreement regarding a particular lawsuit.

The plaintiff’s lawyer in such a situation decides in which court or state the case should be filed. However, a defendant can file a response that asks for the court to move the case.

Justipedia explains Conflict of Laws

Examples of cases in which conflict of laws would occur include:

  • When a person dies, leaving behind real estate in different states
  • When a person earns income from more than one state
  • A violation of both federal and state laws
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