WASHINGTON -- In a host of cases with the potential to drain state coffers, the U.S. Supreme Court in its recently concluded 1990-1991 term appeared to give states victories with one hand and take them away with the other.

Seemingly contradictory rulings by the court, however, may rest on fine points of law or interpretation. But those fine points often translate into big money for state treasuries.

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