diversity jurisdiction
diversity jurisdiction see jurisdiction

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

diversity jurisdiction
The power of the federal courts to decide civil disputes between citizens of different states, provided the amount the plaintiff seeks in damages exceeds an amount set by Congress (currently $75,000). The so-called citizens may include companies incorporated or doing business in different states or a citizen of a foreign country. However, note that the federal courts traditionally refuse to exercise their diversity jurisdiction over cases involving domestic relations and probate.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

diversity jurisdiction
USA
A basis of federal subject matter jurisdiction that allows federal courts to preside over civil actions where the matter in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs, and is between:
• Citizens of different states.
• Citizens of a state and citizens or subjects of a foreign state.
• Citizens of different states and in which citizens or subjects of a foreign state are additional parties.
• A foreign state as plaintiff and citizens of a state or of different states.
(28 U.S.C. § 1332.)

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


diversity jurisdiction
n. A form of federal court jurisdiction over state law disputes, based on the parties' residence in different states (or one party being a non-citizen of the United States).

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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