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Recent Case: Mitchell v. City of Cedar Rapids

April 23, 2019

The incident that gave rise to Mitchell v. City of Cedar Rapids, recently decided by the Iowa Supreme Court, should sound familiar by now.  In November 2016, a Cedar Rapids white police officer, Lucas Jones, stopped a black motorist, Jerime Mitchell, for a minor traffic violation.  When Mitchell attempted to drive away, Jones shot him,…

Recent Case: Gibbons v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

April 18, 2019

A tactic known as “snap removal” has divided federal district courts. Can a defendant remove a suit filed in its home forum (or the home forum of another defendant) after the plaintiff filed the suit but before service of process? At first blush, 28 U.S.C. § 1441(b)(2) –– the forum defendant rule –– would seem…