Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act: One Year Later

Lessons Learned from Applying the New Jurisdiction and General Removal Procedures

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Course Materials

This CLE course will review the pertinent provisions of the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2012, and will analyze its first year of implementation and what may be encountered in the future. The panel will address best practices and lessons for litigators one year after the Act was passed.


The 2012 Act dramatically altered federal court practice in a number of areas, including removal jurisdiction, venue, diversity and class actions.

The most important elements of the Act relate to removal jurisdiction and procedure, since removal issues affect everyday litigation practice in state and federal courts. Consequently, the Act has changed the way lawyers must prepare and present their cases in federal court.

One year after the overhaul of the federal jurisdictional statutes, there are still several open questions of law, as well as lingering problems that continue to confuse practitioners and the courts.

Listen as our authoritative panel provides an overview of the pertinent provisions of the 2012 Act, as well as an analysis of its first year of implementation, including case law developments and anticipated future issues. The panel will also discuss best practices in light of the way federal litigation practice has changed in the past year.



  1. Overview of the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act
  2. 30-day removal period
  3. Amount in controversy for purposes of removal
  4. Residency for venue purposes
  5. Transfer of venue
  6. Supplemental jurisdiction involving other claims
  7. Best practices for adapting litigation strategies


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How does the Act deal with earlier-served defendants regarding removal by another defendant?
  • What are the changes to the way the amount in controversy is ascertained, alleged and proved?
  • What is the standard for residency?
  • How does the Act affect issues of supplemental jurisdiction?
  • What are the lessons learned and unresolved issues after one year?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Jonathan Evan Goldberg
Jonathan Evan Goldberg


He focuses on all aspects of complex commercial litigation, employment law and litigation, and ERISA litigation. He is...  |  Read More

Barry Goheen
Barry Goheen

King & Spalding

Mr. Goheen has served as lead or co-counsel in over 50 class actions in all areas of the law, including antitrust,...  |  Read More

Paffrath, Stephen
Stephen Paffrath

Greenberg Traurig

Mr. Paffrath represents clients in a variety of disputes involving product liability, class action defense, agent...  |  Read More

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