federal case

noun

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 The two firms’ respective roles were not spelled out at that time, but ultimately, Phipps Mayes concentrated on the state lawsuit while Watts Guerra focused on the federal case. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Tensions emerge in county’s opioid litigation effort," 19 Dec. 2020 For the time being, these two new lawsuits are separate and distinct both from the federal case and from each other. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Google committed “antitrust evils,” colluded with Facebook, new lawsuit says," 17 Dec. 2020 In another federal case, Judge Pamela Pepper last week dismissed a challenge to the election brought by the chairman of the La Crosse County Republican Party. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign effort to toss ballots just before electors meet," 14 Dec. 2020 Separate from the federal case, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, filed charges against Madigan in the Illinois House sparking a House Special Investigating Committee. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Committee probing Madigan to meet for first time since ‘bombshell’ emails in bribery scheme," 14 Dec. 2020 Dear is facing 68 counts in the federal case, including use of a firearm during a crime resulting in death and violating a law ensuring access to clinic entrances. Washington Post, "Lawmaker claims anomalies in census records," 3 Dec. 2020 Attorneys for the defendants in the federal case have opposed the Trump campaign's discovery motions. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "More claims of wrongdoing, still no evidence: Trump asks judge to throw out questioned ballots or the entire election in Pennsylvania," 20 Nov. 2020 In the federal case, as noted, the judge expressed skepticism about the claim. Ian Macdougall, ProPublica, "If Trump Tries to Sue His Way to Election Victory, Here’s What Happens," 4 Nov. 2020 Whitmer thanked troopers for their commitment to public service after officials made the arrests in the federal case. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan law enforcement on alert in response to 'plan to target and kill police'," 12 Oct. 2020

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Federal case.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/federal%20case. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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federal case

noun

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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