separable controversy

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

Legal Definition of separable controversy 

: 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

Note: 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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