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Changes to Federal Court Practice Affect Jurisdiction, Removal, and Venue

01/04/2012

Big changes for any attorney who practices in the United States federal courts are here. Effective with all new state and federal lawsuits commenced on or after January 6, 2012, the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011, H. R. 394, P.L. 112-63 (the “Act”) has significant implications for diversity jurisdiction and clarifies numerous issues related to removal procedures by resolving differences among the Circuit Courts. There also are changes and clarifications regarding venue.