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separable controversy

noun sep·a·ra·ble controversy \ˈse-pə-rə-bəl-\

Legal Definition of separable controversy

  1. :  a separate and independent claim or cause of action that by itself is removable to the federal courts even though it is joined with others that are not removable

Additional Notes on separable controversy

If a case involves a separable controversy, the entire case may be removed and determined as a whole, or the court may remand those matters that were not removable and determine the rest.

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a brief usually trivial fact

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