Revised Removal Statutes — Possibilities, Pitfalls: Part 1

Law360, New York (February 3, 2012, 1:17 PM EST) -- Litigators should be aware of recent noteworthy amendments to the federal removal statutes. 28 U.S.C. §§ 1441, 1446. The removal amendments, brought about by the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011, PL 112-63, Dec. 7, 2011, 125 Stat 758, apply to all actions “commenced” in state court on or after Jan. 6, 2012.

The first change resolves a circuit split over the time for removal in a case involving multiple defendants where each defendant is not served at the same time. The second...
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