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Brown v. JEVIC, No. 08-4789

In a dispute involving the removal of a class action, district court judgment finding removal improper is reversed where: 1) plaintiff had no reasonable basis to believe that defendant JEVIC was amenable to suit, and thus defendant was a fraudulently joined party and its status as a defendant could not be used to defeat otherwise proper federal jurisdiction; and 2) the court erred in remanding the case to state court as defendant was not properly before the district court since it was never served with legal process.   

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Appellate Information
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Argued March 6, 2009
Filed July 31, 2009

Before: SLOVITER and HARDIMAN, Circuit Judges and POLLAK, District Judge
Opinion by HARDIMAN, Circuit Judge.

For Appellant: Christopher Landau, Scott M. Abeles, Gary D. Anderson, Kirkland & Ellis, Marlton, NJ.

For Appellee: Robert F. O'Brien, O'Brien, Belland & Bushinsky, Cherry Hill, NJ.