[JURIST] The Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act (JVCA) [text, PDF; materials] took effect Friday after being signed into law by US President Barack Obama [official website] last month. According to the House Judiciary Committee Report [text, PDF], the purpose of the law is to clarify federal jurisdiction statutes to avoid wasting judicial resources. The core of the JVCA's changes address jurisdiction and procedure for removal of state court claims to federal court. Among those changes, the JVCA states...

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