federal case


Definition of federal case

: big deal don't make a federal case out of it

Examples of federal case in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Court records filed in the federal case show that Mayorga’s attorneys were having trouble serving Ronaldo with the documents in Europe. Washington Post, "Ronaldo rape lawsuit in Vegas moved from Nevada to US court," 5 June 2019 Court records filed in the federal case show that Mayorga's attorneys were having trouble serving Ronaldo with the documents in Europe. Ken Ritter, chicagotribune.com, "Lawyer says the Cristiano Ronaldo rape lawsuit has been moved from Nevada to U.S. federal court," 5 June 2019 Hurst was given immunity from prosecution in the federal case in return for his testimony against Lundergan and Emmons. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "What to know about the Jerry Lundergan and Dale Emmons convictions," 13 Sep. 2019 Nearly 2,000 of the city and county suits have been combined into a single federal case that is scheduled to go to trial in Cleveland this October. NBC News, "Opioid firms kept donating to state AGs while negotiating settlements," 10 Sep. 2019 Late last year, dancers at Spearmint Rhino and other clubs were awarded almost $20 million in a California federal case. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio exotic dancers allege they’ve been stripped of wages," 30 Aug. 2019 The judge is overseeing about 1,200 federal cases across the nation that have been transferred to his court for trial or reassignment to other courts. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Judge lowers Monsanto damage award to Sonoma man by $55 million," 15 July 2019 The Journal Sentinel reported in 2016 that Ferraro had been indicted in a sprawling federal case targeting a Russian mob and involving money laundering, racketeering and cocaine dealing allegations that stretched from coast to coast. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Silk Exotic strip club owner Jon Ferraro quietly agreed to plead guilty in federal 'Russian Laundry' case," 1 July 2019 Ruiz-Sandoval remained in custody Thursday night on the federal case, in which he’s accused of trying to smuggle more than 10 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. from Mexico at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suspect identified in Imperial Beach break-in, sexual assault," 12 Sep. 2019

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of federal case

US, law : a legal case that will be decided in a U.S. federal court

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