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Title:A Call for the End of the Doctrine of Realignment
Author(s):Sherkow, Jacob S.
Subject(s):jurisdiction
diversity
realignment
federal courts
civil procedure
alignment
party alignment
joinder
indianapolis
chase national bank
Abstract:In Indianapolis v. Chase National Bank, 1941, the Supreme Court established the doctrine of realignment, requiring federal courts to examine the issues in dispute and realign each party as plaintiff or defendant if necessary. Due to the complete diversity requirement, realignment gave the federal courts the ability to both create and destroy diversity jurisdiction. Since 1941, the federal courts have struggled to interpret the central holding in Indianapolis, and have created several competing "tests" for realignment. This confusion has made the doctrine of realignment unworkable. Realignment-along with each of the present tests-encourages jurisdictional abuses by forcing the federal courts to examine the merits of jurisdictionally questionable cases. The doctrine also discourages party joinder because parties fear jurisdictionally altering realignment. Rather than focusing on the language of Indianapolis and the current realignment tests, courts wary of improperly aligned pleadings should make use of newer jurisdictional statutes enacted after Indianapolis. In light of realignment's infirmity and the availability of newer, effective legislation, the federal courts should wholly abandon the doctrine of realignment.
Issue Date:2008-12-03
Publisher:Michigan Law Review
Citation Info:Jacob S. Sherkow, A Call for the End of the Doctrine of Realignment, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 525 (2008)
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/110305
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-08-11


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