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Unserved Forum Defendants Can't Remove to Federal Court

If a literal reading of 28 U.S.C. 1441 (the forum defendant rule ) would lead to an absurd result, then it should not be interpreted that way, according to a recent decision of Judge Morgan of the Norfolk Division of the Eastern District of Virginia. Eddie Campbell sued his former employer, Hampton...

U.S. High Court: Class Rep’s Damages Limit Doesn’t Defeat Federal Jurisdiction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A class representative's stipulation that damages being sought were less than $5 million does not defeat federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 19 ( The Standard Fire Insurance Company v. Greg...