Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation v. Yahn & McDonnell, Inc.

481 U. S. 735

May 18, 1987

Tie vote! Justice White did not participate, and the other eight Justices split evenly. According to Court rules, this means that the lower court’s judgment is affirmed. The underlying case dealt with the Constitutionality under the due process clause of some law about pension plans. The lower court ruling looks extraordinarily boring, complex, and hard to understand, so I’m actually quite grateful for the tie vote, which relieves me of the need to describe the case in greater detail.

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