WASHINGTON - One of the first actions of the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1994-95 term that begins today will be to hear arguments on whether the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is immune from suits in federal court.

The case, which is of major importance to state governments, raises the issue of whether sovereign immunity under the Constitution's 11th Amendment applies to Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corp., known as PATH, a rail-road subsidiary of the bistate port authority.

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