New Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act

Navigating Significant Changes to Jurisdiction and General Removal Procedures

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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This CLE course will provide litigators with a thorough review of provisions of the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act. The panel will assess how the Act will affect federal litigation, outline strategic considerations and offer best practices to cope with the new law.


On Jan. 6, 2012, the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act became effective and significantly changed federal court jurisdiction and general removal procedures. The Act impacts almost every new case filed or removed invoking courts’ diversity jurisdiction.

The Act resolves circuit court splits on the statutory 30-day period to remove an action to federal court and the residency question. Other changes address amount in controversy, stipulations for venue transfer, and supplemental jurisdiction.

All federal litigators must understand how the Act changes the landscape of federal court jurisdiction and adopt new approaches for their cases in light of the new legislation.

Listen as our panel of experienced federal litigators explains the provisions of the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act and discusses how it will impact federal litigation.



  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?

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

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

Kurt A. Kappes
Kurt A. Kappes

Co-Managing Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig

He is co-Chair of the firm's national Labor & Employment Practice's Non-Compete/Trade Secret and...  |  Read More

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