Diversity Jurisdiction – the jurisdiction of a federal court in all civil actions wherein the parties involved are from different states (or foreign states) and the matter in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs

diversity jurisdiction:

1. A federal court’s exercise of authority over a case involving parties who are citizens of different states and an amount in controversy is greater than a statutory minimum. 28 USCA § 1332. [1]

1. The jurisdiction of a federal court arising from diversity of citizenship of the parties. [2]

1. The jurisdiction of a federal court arising from diversity of citizenship, when the jurisdictional amount has been met. [3]

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diversity of citizenship – a basis for federal-court jurisdiction that exists when

(1) a case is between citizens of different states, or between a citizen of a state and an alien, and
(2) the matter in controversy exceeds ~$75,000.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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