Overhauling The Federal Jurisdictional Statutes

Law360, New York (January 4, 2012, 12:47 PM EST) -- In an important development for litigants and litigators, on Dec. 7, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011, H.R. 394, P.L. 112-63. The act significantly amends the federal jurisdictional statutes, including the provisions governing diversity jurisdiction (28 U.S.C. § 1332), venue (28 U.S.C. §§ 1390-92, 1404), and removal (28 U.S.C. §§ 1441, 1446, 1454). The act becomes effective on Jan. 6, 2012.

According to the House of Representatives Report of the Committee on the Judiciary, No. 112-10,...
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