Monday, November 23, 2009

Now in Congress: The Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act

H.R. 4113 was introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives. It would amend sections of the U.S. Code dealing with:

  • Diversity jurisdiction (28 U.S.C. 1332)

  • Removal and remand (28 U.S.C. 1441 & 1446)

  • Venue (revisions to 28 U.S.C. 1391, the deletion of 28 U.S.C. 1392, and the creation of a new 28 U.S.C. 1390)

  • Transfer of venue (28 U.S.C. 1404 & 1406)

Here is the table of contents:

TITLE I—JURISDICTIONAL IMPROVEMENTS
Sec. 101. Treatment of resident aliens.
Sec. 102. Citizenship of corporations and insurance companies with foreign contacts.
Sec. 103. Indexing the amount in controversy.
Sec. 104. Facilitating use of declarations to specify damages.
Sec. 105. Removal and remand procedures.
Sec. 106. Effective date.

TITLE II—VENUE AND TRANSFER IMPROVEMENTS
Sec. 201. Scope and definitions.
Sec. 202. Venue generally.
Sec. 203. Repeal of section 1392.
Sec. 204. Change of venue.
Sec. 205. Cure or waiver of defects.
Sec. 206. Effective date.

For more information, see the Library of Congress's website here. The full text of the bill is available here (.xml format) or here (.pdf format)

(Hat Tips: Kevin Clermont & Jim Pfander)

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