- , 437 U.S. 153, 98 S. Ct. 2279, 57 L.Ed.2d 117 (1978).
Meaning:Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill
- = Name of the case
- 437 U.S. 153 = volume 437, United States Reports, page 153
- 98 S. Ct. 2279 = volume 98, Supreme Court Reporter, page 2279
- 57 L. Ed.2d 117= volume 57, Lawyer's Edition 2d series, page 117
- (1978) = Date of the court decision
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