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Diversity Jurisdiction in Federal Courts

Learn about what constitutes diversity jurisdiction and what law applies to adjudicate federal court disputes predicated on diversity jurisdiction.


I.          Introduction

As we discussed in another lesson, a federal court may hear a dispute by exercising the court’s federal-question jurisdiction. But that’s not the only way for a federal court to hear a dispute. There’s also diversity jurisdiction. Like federal-question jurisdiction, diversity jurisdiction is authorized by both the Constitution and federal law.

II.        Article III 

The Constitution’s Article III...