alienage jurisdiction

Definition of "alienage jurisdiction"
  1. Authority given to federal courts to preside over civil conflicts involving a state or its citizens and a foreign country or its citizens
How to use "alienage jurisdiction" in a sentence
  1. The federal court had alienage jurisdiction over a civil dispute between a local business and a foreign firm.
  2. Alienage jurisdiction came into play when a citizen entered a lawsuit with a business owner who happened to be a foreign national.
  3. To resolve the contract dispute involving the foreign investor, the federal court exercised its alienage jurisdiction.

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