Document Type

Article

Publication Title

University of Colorado Law Review

Publication Date

2020

Abstract

Opponents of nationwide injunctions have advanced cogent reasons why courts should be skeptical of this sweeping rem-edy, but one of the arguments is a red herring: the constitu-tional objection. This Essay focuses on the narrow question of whether the Article III judicial power prohibits nation-wide injunctions. It doesn’t.

This Essay confronts and dispels the two most plausible arguments that nationwide injunctions run afoul of Article III. First, it shows that standing jurisprudence does not actually speak to the scope-of-remedy questions that nationwide in-junctions present. Second, it demonstrates that the Article III judicial power is not narrowly defined in terms of according relief only to the actual parties to a lawsuit. Thereafter, the Essay situates nationwide injunctions within several twentieth century remedial innovations that fundamentally altered how citizens hold government accountable. In short, nation-wide injunctions are not remedial anomalies and are consistent with constitutional limits on judicial power.

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