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The Exploration of Federal Diversity Jurisdiction

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Earlier this month, Ronald Weich, the Dean at the University of Baltimore School of Law gave Congress a testimony regarding federal diversity jurisdiction, or the right of the plaintiff and defendant to go to a Federal court if they are in different states.

This is a situation that is not understood by much of the public and is oftentimes complex. Mr. Weich urges the subcommittee to move forward with caution because of the questions involving “federalism, state sovereignty, and the other proper functioning of the federal courts.

In his testimony, Mr. Weich cited the subcommittee’s lack of finding true experts on federal diversity jurisdiction to testify regarding federal diversity jurisdiction and while he offers his perspective on the matter, he feels that even his participation does not suffice. According to the testimony, Mr. Weich urges the subcommittee to take their time with the process, making it a long-term proceeding so those more familiar to the subject can have say.

To conclude his testimony, Mr. Weich details the 210 years that the current doctrine of complete diversity has worked, including that it protects state sovereignty, prevents extended litigation costs, and avoids overflowing dockets in federal courts. He urges that now is not the time to make a change.

Our team at The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates is fully aware that this can be a very complex matter for some people to understand. We want to make sure people know their rights throughout all matters of litigation and our firm stands by our clients’ sides to protect those rights every step of the way. If you have questions, it is best to speak with a professional attorney who can help answer them and address any concerns you may have.

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