Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
02/07/2020          

Removal Jurisdiction Clarification Act of 2020

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5801 

To amend title 28, United States Code, to establish a procedure for remand 
of a civil action that has been removed before service on a forum 
defendant, and for other purposes. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 7, 2020 
Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia (for himself, Mr. NADLER, Ms. DEAN, Ms. GARCIA 

of Texas, Mr. CARTWRIGHT, Mr. RASKIN, Mr. SWALWELL of California, 
Mr. COHEN, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Ms. NORTON, Mr. RUSH, Mrs. WATSON 
COLEMAN, and Mr. ESPAILLAT) introduced the following bill; which was 
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary 

A BILL 
To amend title 28, United States Code, to establish a proce-

dure for remand of a civil action that has been removed 
before service on a forum defendant, and for other pur-
poses. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Removal Jurisdiction 4

Clarification Act of 2020’’. 5

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SEC. 2. REMOVAL BEFORE SERVICE ON A FORUM DEFEND-1

ANT. 2

(a) REMOVAL.—Section 1447 of title 28, United 3

States Code, is amended by adding at the end the fol-4

lowing: 5

‘‘(f)(1) A court shall remand a case described in para-6

graph (2) to the State court from which it was removed 7

if— 8

‘‘(A) within 30 days after filing of the no-9

tice of removal under section 1446(a), or within 10

the time specified by State law for service of 11

process, whichever is shorter, a defendant de-12

scribed in paragraph (2)(B) is properly served 13

in the manner prescribed by State law; and 14

‘‘(B) a motion to remand is made in ac-15

cordance with, and within the time specified by, 16

the first sentence of subsection (c). 17

‘‘(2) This subsection shall apply to a case in which— 18

‘‘(A) a civil action is removed solely on the 19

basis of the jurisdiction under section 1332(a) of 20

this title; and 21

‘‘(B) at the time of removal, any party in inter-22

est properly joined as a defendant is a citizen of the 23

State in which such action is brought, but has not 24

been properly served.’’. 25

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(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 1448 of 1

title 28, United States Code, is amended by striking ‘‘In 2

all cases’’ and inserting ‘‘Except as provided in section 3

1447(f), in all cases’’. 4

(c) EFFECTIVE DATE.— 5

(1) IN GENERAL.—The amendments made by 6

this Act shall take effect upon the expiration of the 7

30-day period beginning on the date of enactment of 8

this Act, and shall apply to any civil action com-9

menced on or after such date. 10

(2) COMMENCEMENT OF STATE ACTIONS.— 11

With respect to a civil action commenced in State 12

court and removed to Federal court, the civil action 13

shall be deemed to have commenced on the date that 14

the civil action was commenced, within the meaning 15

of State law, in State court. 16

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Picture Name From Date Type
Henry Johnson D-GA 02/07/2020 Sponsor
Eric Swalwell D-CA 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Debbie Schultz D-FL 04/23/2020 Cosponsor
Janice Schakowsky D-IL 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Bobby Rush D-IL 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Jamie Raskin D-MD 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Eleanor Norton D-DC 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Jerrold Nadler D-NY 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Sylvia Garcia D-TX 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Adriano Espaillat D-NY 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Lloyd Doggett D-TX 04/23/2020 Cosponsor
Madeleine Dean D-PA 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
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