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H.R. 3624 (114th): Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act of 2016

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About the bill

The House passed a bill to try to crack down on a certain type of judicial fraud. Federal jurisdiction law allows trial lawyers to keep their case in state jurisdiction as long as one of the defendants is local, but according to House Republicans this process can be abused to prevent cases from reaching federal court. A “fraudulent joinder” is when a plaintiff tries to keep a lawsuit against an out-of-state defendant in state court by joining a local defendant to the case without proper grounds.

H.R. 3426, the Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act, would set a standard for determining if a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit.

H.R. 3426 passed with a partisan vote of 229–189, with all supporting votes coming from Republicans. The Democratic Whip …

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Ken Buck

Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016
Length: 4 pages
Sep 28, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on February 25, 2016 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



Sep 28, 2015

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Feb 3, 2016
Ordered Reported

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Feb 16, 2016
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Feb 25, 2016
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 3624 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3624. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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