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well–pleaded complaint rule

noun well–plead·ed complaint rule

Legal Definition of well–pleaded complaint rule

  1. :  a rule of procedure that federal question jurisdiction cannot be acquired over a case unless an issue of federal law appears on the face of a properly pleaded complaint

Additional Notes on well–pleaded complaint rule

The well-pleaded complaint rule is not satisfied by a defense based on federal law, including a defense of federal preemption, or by anticipation of such a defense in the complaint.

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