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Federal Diversity Jurisdiction and the “Gaping Hole Problem”

WP Admin | Jan 25th, 2013

This week we take a look at one of the two primary jurisdictional means by which a case may be brought in federal court – id est federal diversity jurisdiction. In addition, we examine what has been referred to as the “Gaping Hole Problem” in diversity jurisdiction that arises from the potential exercise of supplemental jurisdiction. We also examine the approach the D.C. Circuit has taken in handling a case in which the presence of nondiverse parties threatened to defeat federal diversity jurisdiction.

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Biting 7th Circuit Decision Reverses Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits

WP Admin | Jan 18th, 2013

This week’s post focuses upon the value of Judge Richard Posner’s often extremely critical and glib approach to drafting opinions through the case Hughes v. Astrue. The Hughes case saw an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration deny Disability Benefits to a woman based on ludicrous reasoning. Judge Posner harshly critiques the ALJ’s failures in a decision for the 7th Circuit reversing and remanding the decision for further proceedings

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