Thibodaux Abstention Law and Legal Definition

Thibodaux Abstention is a federal court's decision to abstain. So that state courts can decide difficult issues of public importance. That, if decided by the federal court, could result in unnecessary friction between state and federal authorities. [Louisiana Power & Light Co. v. City of Thibodaux, 360 U.S. 25, 79 S.Ct. 1070 (1959)].