diversity of citizenship
diversity of citizenship: a condition in which the parties to an action are of diverse state or national citizenship see also complete diversity; diversity jurisdiction at jurisdiction, minimal diversity; article iii of the constitution in the back matter

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

diversity of citizenship
n.
The condition that exists when the parties to a lawsuit come from different states, or when one is a citizen and one an alien, and that forms the basis of federal diversity jurisdiction.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


diversity of citizenship
A basis for taking a lawsuit to federal court, in which the opposing parties are citizens of different states (including corporations incorporated or doing business in different states) or one is a citizen of a foreign country. It's also required that the amount in controversy exceed a statutory amount.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


diversity of citizenship
n. The state of affairs giving rise to diversity jurisdiction, when a legal dispute is between citizens of two or more states or when one party to the dispute is a noncitizen of the United States.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


diversity of citizenship
A phrase used with reference to the jurisdiction of the federal courts which, under the U.S. Constitution, Art. III, § 2, extends to cases between citizens of different states designating the condition existing when the party on one side of a lawsuit is a citizen of one state and the party on the other side is a citizen of another state, or between a citizen of a state and an alien. The requisite jurisdictional amount must, in addition, be met.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


diversity of citizenship
I
A phrase used with reference to the jurisdiction of the federal courts which, under the U.S. Constitution, Art. III, § 2, extends to cases between citizens of different states designating the condition existing when the party on one side of a lawsuit is a citizen of one state and the party on the other side is a citizen of another state, or between a citizen of a state and an alien. The requisite jurisdictional amount must, in addition, be met.
II The condition when the party on one side of a lawsuit is a citizen of one state and the other party is a citizen of another state; such cases are under the jurisdiction of federal courts.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

diversity of citizenship
n.
   when opposing parties in a lawsuit are citizens of different states (including corporations incorporated or doing business in different states) or a citizen of a foreign country, which places the case under federal court jurisdiction, pursuant to Article III, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, and the federal Judicial Code, if the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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