Monday, February 28, 2011

Decision of Interest: More on Removal Deadlines

We covered earlier the Fourth Circuit’s en banc decision in Barbour v. International Union, which perpetuated a circuit split over how to calculate removal deadlines in multiple-defendant cases. That same week, the Ninth Circuit weighed in on the other side of the divide. The decision is Destfino v. Reiswig, 2011 WL 182241, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 1375. Per Chief Judge Kozinski:

We adopt the later-served rule as the wiser and more equitable approach. This rule doesn't go so far as to give already-served defendants a new thirty-day period to remove whenever a new defendant is served, as that could give a defendant more than the statutorily prescribed thirty days to remove. See 28 U.S.C. § 1446(b). Rather, we hold that each defendant is entitled to thirty days to exercise his removal rights after being served. Because [the later-served defendant] removed the case within thirty days from when it was served, the removal was timely.

(Hat Tip: Benjamin Roesch)


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