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Pendent Jurisdiction

Definition - What does Pendent Jurisdiction mean?

Pendent jurisdiction is the ability of a district court to combine cases that include federal cases if there is just one plaintiff in all those matters. By doing so, it creates an ease for the plaintiff to have all related cases heard at once.

Justipedia explains Pendent Jurisdiction

In order to gain a pendent jurisdiction, the plaintiff must ask for the federal claim to be the main claim and for all other claims that may touch on state aspects to be forwarded for review under the federal claim.

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