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Wigglesworth v. Teamsters Local Union No. 592

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
68 F.R.D. 609 (E.D. Va. 1975)


Facts

Welford Wigglesworth, Jr. (plaintiff) brought suit against Teamsters Local Union No. 592 (Teamsters) (defendant) for denial of his right to free speech at union meetings in violation of a federal statute. When he filed the complaint, Wigglesworth took part in a press conference and linked Teamsters to the Mafia and accused the organization of fixing elections. Teamsters then asserted a counterclaim against Wigglesworth for defamation. Wigglesworth filed a motion to dismiss the counterclaim based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction as there was no diversity of citizenship between the parties and federal jurisdiction for the case is based solely on the alleged violation of the federal statute.

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