federal question


federal question
federal question see question 2

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

federal question
A basis for filing a lawsuit in federal district court — namely, that it is based on subjects enumerated in the U.S. Constitution or a federal statute is involved. Existence of a federal question gives the federal court jurisdiction.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


federal question
n. An issue or case arising under federal law, particularly the Constitution of the United States or an Act of Congress; a basis for invoking the jurisdiction of federal courts.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


federal question
An issue directly involving the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes, or treaties between the United States and a foreign country.

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


federal question
An issue directly involving the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes, or treaties between the United States and a foreign country.

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

federal question
n.
   one basis for filing a lawsuit in federal district court is that it is based on subjects enumerated in the U.S. Constitution or when a federal statute is involved. Thus, existence of such a federal question gives the federal court jurisdiction.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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