occupy the field

occupy the field

v. to preempt (monopolize) an area of statutory law by a higher authority, such as Federal preemption of bankruptcy or inter-state commerce over state legislation, and state statutes or state constitution prevailing over laws of cities and counties on certain topics. (See: preemption)

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The FAU Owls and the ESPN Boca Raton Bowl also occupy the field during football season.
It is the arena of a federal agency, and Congress has repeatedly indicated that it intended for the federal law to occupy the field of immigration.
Denton is rightly seeking to have them identify the actual regulations that supposedly occupy the field.
Instead, it would rather forgo the traditional and constrictive labels usually associated with companies that occupy the field, and be satisfied to describe the way in which its offering brings efficiency, while leaving the labeling to others.
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this year that, as a result of earlier Supreme Court rulings, "federal law does not completely occupy the field of health-insurance coverage for federal workers.
Fukuyama and Furger would create a whole new federal agency to occupy the field.
Clearly the Secretary has indicated her intent to exclusively occupy the field of organ allocation to the exclusion of the states.
Although the OCC indicated that it believes it has the authority to occupy the field with regard to the real estate lending activities of National Banks, it has declined to exercise this authority.
Around 100 residents packed Charterhouse Private Members Club, in David Road, Stoke, on Thursday and insisted they would occupy the fields and set up a protest camp if public access is denied.