well-pleaded complaint rule

Definition of "well-pleaded complaint rule"
  1. A procedural guideline stating that to obtain federal question jurisdiction, the case must clearly reveal a federal law issue in the officially stated complaint
How to use "well-pleaded complaint rule" in a sentence
  1. The attorney couldn't obtain federal jurisdiction since the well-pleaded complaint rule was not satisfied.
  2. The case was not accepted into federal court due to a failure to meet the requirements of the well-pleaded complaint rule.
  3. The well-pleaded complaint rule is critical when deciding if a case qualifies for federal jurisdiction.

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