Barnett Bank of Marion Cty., N. A. v. Nelson, 517 U.S. 25, 3 (1996)

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Cite as: 517 U. S. 25 (1996)

Opinion of the Court

Williams, L. Robert Griffin, Ernest C. Barrett III, and Joan M. Bernott.

Daniel Y. Sumner argued the cause and filed a brief for

respondents Bill Nelson et al. With him on the brief were David J. Busch, Dennis Silverman, and Karen Asher-Cohen. Ann M. Kappler argued the cause and filed a brief for respondents Florida Association of Life Underwriters et al. With her on the brief were Scott A. Sinder, Sam Hirsch, Bruce J. Ennis, Jr., Paul M. Smith, and Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.*

Justice Breyer delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question in this case is whether a federal statute that permits national banks to sell insurance in small towns preempts a state statute that forbids them to do so. To answer this question, we must consider both ordinary pre-emption principles, and also a special federal anti-pre-emption rule, which provides that a federal statute will not pre-empt a

*Briefs of amici curiae urging reversal were filed for the American Bankers Association et al. by John J. Gill III, Michael F. Crotty, Mathew H. Street, Richard M. Whiting, Leonard J. Rubin, M. Thurman Senn, and David L. Glass; for American Deposit Corp. et al. by Thaddeus Holt and Dennis M. Gingold; for the Consumer Bankers Association et al. by David W. Roderer, Eric L. Hirschhorn, Donn C. Meindertsma, John W. Anderson, and Jeffrey D. Quayle; for the Florida Bankers Association by J. Thomas Cardwell and Virginia B. Townes; and for the New York Clearing House Association by Bruce E. Clark, Michael M. Wiseman, and Norman R. Nelson.

Briefs of amici curiae urging affirmance were filed for the American

Council of Life Insurance by David Overlock Stewart, James M. Lichtman, Gary E. Hughes, and Phillip E. Stano; for the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers by Mark E. Herlihy; for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners by Ellen Dollase Wilcox; for the National Conference of State Legislatures et al. by Richard Ruda, Lee Fennell, and Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.; and for Don W. Stephens et al. by Stephen B. Cox, Suetta W. Dickinson, Julie A. Fuselier, Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General of Connecticut, and John G. Haines, Assistant Attorney General.


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