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Homework Help: Federal and state jurisdiction

  1. Jan 15, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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    It is from Business Law by Miller and Jenz.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I actually found this question to be very tricky, but have answers to all of them and would like to confirm whether they are correct. I am especially concerned about 1.

    1) Since the dispute does not concern a federal question (the Constitution or Congressional laws are not involved), the federal court cannot exercise jurisdiction on the basis of the issue being a federal question. However, because the parties involved come from different states, if it can be shown that the amount in controversy exceeds $75000, then by Article 3 Section II of the Costitution, the federal court in Illinois can exercise jurisdiction on the case.

    2) Original jurisdiction because the case is being heard for the first time.

    3) The state court of Illinois has no jurisdiction on Foreman because Foreman did not have enough of a connection to Illinois for the judge to conclude that it is fair for the state to exercise power over the Foreman

    4) The state court of Nevada may exercise jurisdicion over the case. The long-arm statute allows that a state court can exercise jurisdiction over a dispute involving a breach of contract made in that state. In this case the contract was signed in Nevada, and therefore the state court of Nevada has jurisdiction.

    All help is appreciated, thanks.

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  3. Jan 15, 2013 #2


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    Your answer seems informed, but I'm not sure many lawyers prowl physicforums. Did you mean to post this someplace else?
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