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Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. v. Henson

537 U.S. 28, 123 S. Ct. 366, 154 L. Ed. 2d 368 (2002)

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Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. v. Henson

United States Supreme Court

537 U.S. 28, 123 S. Ct. 366, 154 L. Ed. 2d 368 (2002)

Facts

Hurley Henson (plaintiff) filed a lawsuit in Louisiana state court against Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. (Syngenta) (defendant) for tort claims related to Syngenta’s sale of an allegedly harmful insecticide. Another lawsuit related to the insecticide, Price, was pending in federal court. Henson intervened in the Price suit and joined the settlement, which included a provision that all claims initiated against Syngenta by parties to the settlement had to be dismissed. After the Price suit was settled, the Louisiana state court held a hearing to determine whether Henson’s case should be dismissed and decided that the settlement only required certain claims against Syngenta be dismissed. Syngenta removed the case to federal district court under 28 U.S.C. § 1441(a), which allowed a defendant to remove a case from state court to federal court if the federal court had original jurisdiction over the case. Syngenta argued that the federal court had jurisdiction over the case through the All Writs Act, which allowed federal courts to issue writs in aid of their jurisdictions, and through supplemental jurisdiction. The case was transferred to the district court that oversaw the Price settlement, which then dismissed Henson’s case after finding that the case was barred by the Price settlement. Henson appealed. The court of appeals reversed the district court’s dismissal of Henson’s case, holding that the All Writs Act did not give the federal district court original jurisdiction over the case through which Syngenta could remove the case from state court. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)

Concurrence (Stevens, J.)

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