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This is a situation or requirement in which no party on one side of the litigation can be a citizen of the same state as any party on the other side of the litigation. This is usually an issue in federal lawsuits that invoke diversity jurisdiction.


In Strawbridge v. Curtiss, 3 Cranch 267 (1806), the Court held that the diversity of citizenship statute required 'complete diversity': where co-citizens appeared on both sides of a dispute, jurisdiction as lost. But Chief Justice Marshall there purported to construe only 'The words of the act of congress,' not the Constitution itself. 


Subsequent decisions of the Supreme Court indicate that Strawbridge is not to be given an expansive reading. See, e.g., 43 U. S. 556. And, in a variety of contexts, the Supreme Court and the lower courts have concluded that Article III poses no obstacle to the legislative extension of federal jurisdiction, founded on diversity, so long as any two adverse parties are not co-citizens. See, e.g., American Fire & Cas. Co. v. Finn, 341 U. S. 6, 341 U. S. 10, n. 3 (1951), and Barney v. Latham, 103 U. S. 205, 103 U. S. 213 ...

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