A federal judge in Texas on Friday ordered that the state unemployment application be sent to the Supreme Court for reconsideration.
A ruling by U.S. District Judge Lynn Seabrook last month, which was upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, said the state application process had been “fraught with serious problems.”
The U.K.-based Employment Appeal Commission sued in June to block the ruling and to have the case remanded to the 5,000-member appeals court.
In a hearing in January, the appeals court said it was “committed to the principle that a decision by a court to grant a writ of certiorari must be viewed as a final, final judgment that may be reviewed in the United States Supreme Court.”
The case was filed in April.
The appeals court on Friday said the ruling “was based on faulty and mistaken reasoning” and that the appeals panel was “wrongly suggesting that the Supreme Courts interpretation of the law is an adequate remedy for an invalid employment application.”
The 5th U.N. Commission of Jurists and Human Rights has said that applications for unemployment benefits should be processed in accordance with federal laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act.