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The In-House Legal Professional's Guide to Removing Cases to Federal Court

The In-House Legal Professional's Guide to Removing Cases to Federal Court

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The In-HouseLegal Professional’sGuide to
Removing Cases to Federal CourtA Checklist
By Thomas J. Cunningham
 
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REMOVING CASES TO FEDERAL COURT – A CHECKLIST
Defendants in consumer finance cases regularly “removecases filedagainst them in state court to federal court.  This booklet discusses the process ofremoval, including the factors defendants should consider before deciding toremove a case to federal court.  It sets forth a step by step checklist” fordefendants who decide they would prefer federal court to state court.If you have any questions about the information contained in this booklet,please contact Tom Cunningham at 312-443-1731 or attcunningham@lockelord.com.
 
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Table of Contents
What is removal?..........................................................................5Why remove cases to federal court? ...............................................6Step One:  Do you really want to remove?.......................................7Step Two:  Determine whether there is federal jurisdiction................9Federal Question Jurisdiction.................................................9Supplemental Jurisdiction....................................................10The Two Flavors of Diversity Jurisdiction...............................12“Standard” Diversity Jurisdiction..................................12CAFA Jurisdiction.......................................................15Step Three: Is Removal Timely?  Watch The Deadline Carefully! .....22Step Four: Obtain Consent of Co-Defendants................................23Step Five: Prepare & File Documents in Federal Court....................24Notice of Filing...................................................................24Certificate of Related Parties................................................24Civil Cover Sheet ...............................................................25Appearance Forms .............................................................25Step Six: Prepare & File Documents for State Court.....................27Step Seven:  Defend Against Motion to Remand.............................28Step Eight: Consider Options if Remand is Ordered.......................30Step Nine: Impact of Removal on Deadline to Respond ..................31Conclusion ...............................................................................33

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