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CHAPTER 8

Proper Venue in Federal Courts

A Rough Measure of Convenience

INTRODUCTION

Earlier chapters have considered personal and subject matter jurisdiction, two crucial restrictions on the forums in which a lawsuit may be brought. Frequently, these "first two rings" will dramatically limit the plaintiff's choice of forum. For example, if Jones comes to Alabama, Smith's home state, and is injured there in a collision with Smith, Jones will likely be able to obtain personal jurisdiction over Smith only in Alabama.

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