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When posing a common sense issue like this, an attorney would argue "judicial economy". In essence, if a higher court is preparing to rule on an identical issue, then the lower courts should refrain from entering opinions until the higher court has ruled. This may not be true with courts at an equal level. If the cases are related and one decision would negate the reason for the second, again we would argue "judicial economy" in the continuance motion that basically states it would be a waste of judicial resources to decide the second case until the first case is resolved.
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I just had a colleague refresh another term that is used... the issue is not yet "ripe" or "ripeness".
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