May 08, 2012 Articles

Updating Federal Procedures for Removal and Venue

The Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act resolves several disagreements and clarifies lingering ambiguities.

By Thomas A. Gilson

For years, federal courts have clashed over the interpretation of procedures for removal, jurisdiction, and venue. In the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011, H.R. 394, P.L. 112–63, a new law that took effect in January 2012, Congress resolved many of these disagreements and clarified lingering ambiguities.

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