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Joinder and Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Joinder and Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Learn about the interaction between the joinder of claims and parties and subject matter jurisdiction, including what happens when joinder would destroy the basis of subject matter jurisdiction.


So we’ve talked about subject-matter jurisdiction. We’ve talked about joinder. Now, let’s tie them together. Rule 82 expressly states that the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (including the joinder rules) “do not extend or limit the jurisdiction of the [federal] district courts.” This means that, any time you’re dealing with cases involving multiple claims or multiple parties, it is not enough for you simply to analyze whether joinder is proper under the civil procedure rules. You must also...