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The “Complete Diversity” Requirement for Federal Jurisdiction: Time to Correct this 210-Year-Old Error
Topic: Civil Justice Reform
By E. Donald Elliott, Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and Senior Of Counsel to Covington & Burling LLP in its Washington, DC office.
Legal Opinion Letter, July 28, 2017, 2 pages
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Publication Summary:

Contrary to an 1806 Supreme Court decision, which its author Chief Justice Marshall later disavowed, the Constitution’s Diversity Jurisdiction Clause does not mandate that in order to remove a suit from state to federal court, every defendant must reside in a state where no plaintiffs reside.
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