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in a unanimous opinion, the justices affirmed an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that vacated a district court’s dismissal of a case that had been transferred from a state court. Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. v. Henson, No. 01-757. Underlying the court’s ruling was a suit filed against the Ciba-Geigy Corp. (now Syngenta) in a Louisiana state court, alleging tort claims related to Syngenta’s manufacture of a certain class of insecticides. When the plaintiff failed to abide by the terms of settlement in a parallel federal action, Syngenta’s lawyers petitioned for removal of this case to a Louisiana federal court, then transferred it to the Alabama federal court-where the other case was settled-where this case was dismissed and the plaintiff’s counsel was sanctioned. The court held that the All Writs Act cannot be used as a substitute for the statutory requirement that a federal court must have original jurisdiction over an action in order for it to be removed from a state court. Rehnquist wrote the court’s opinion. CIVIL RIGHTS

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