pendent jurisdiction

Definition of "pendent jurisdiction"
  1. A federal court's ability to rule on a claim it usually wouldn't have authority over, because it's tied to a claim that's appropriately within the court's purview
How to use "pendent jurisdiction" in a sentence
  1. The federal court, through pendent jurisdiction, was able to decide on both federal and state law claims in the suit.
  2. Due to pendent jurisdiction, the judge handled claims of breach of contract and consumer fraud together.
  3. She went to federal court, hoping pendent jurisdiction would allow her state law claim to be heard.

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