Friday, December 9, 2011

"He Signed You, Bill! Now You're A Law!"

With apologies to Schoolhouse Rock for the title of this post, President Obama has signed the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011, covered earlier here. The law contains many significant provisions regarding federal diversity jurisdiction, removal and remand, and venue. If you’re keeping score, it amends 28 U.S.C. §§ 1332, 1391, 1404, 1441, 1446, and 1453; repeals 28 U.S.C. § 1392; and enacts new code sections 28 U.S.C. §§ 1390 and 1455.

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December 9, 2011 in Current Affairs, Federal Courts, Subject Matter Jurisdiction | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification of Act of 2011

This week Congress passed the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 (H.R. 394), although it is still awaiting the President's signature. It’s a very important piece of legislation that will be significant for academics and practitioners alike.

Prawfsblawg’s Howard Wasserman (Florida International) has posted a summary of the final bill that was circulated by Arthur Hellman (Pittsburgh). If you want to keep tabs on the bill, check out the Bill Summary & Status here.

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December 4, 2011 in Current Affairs, Federal Courts, Subject Matter Jurisdiction | Permalink | Comments (0)