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Can my commercial litigation case be heard in Federal court?


It depends. Some cases can be heard in Federal Court if they involve citizens from different states and there’s at least $75,000 in controversy in the case. Now for most commercial cases, you’ll be finding over more than $75,000, so that’s not the problem. The problem will be the citizenship of the parties to the case. Alternatively, if you’re commercial litigation case involves a question of federal law, then you have a right to take the case to Federal Court. The real issue you should be asking yourself is not whether I can litigate in Federal Court, but whether Federal or State Court would be the better form for me in this instance.

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