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Federal-Question Jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1331

Federal-Question Jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1331

Definition

Provides that federal courts have jurisdiction over civil actions arising under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States. A case arises under federal law only if a federal question appears on the face of the plaintiff's properly pleaded complaint. Put differently, the complaint must allege that the plaintiff deserves relief because the defendant violated federal law.

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