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Civil Procedure Keyed to Field
Borough of West Mifflin v. Lancaster
Citation:45 F.3d 780
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Allan Lindsey and Randall Coughanour (Plaintiffs) sued the Borough of West Mifflin, a West Mifflin police officer, and a shopping mall’s security guards (Defendants) after they were ejected from the mall. Their lawsuit, which they initially filed in Pennsylvania state court, included state law claims as well as a federal claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging deprivation of their civil rights. The Borough of West Mifflin (Defendants) filed a notice of removal from the state court to Pennsylvania federal district court. The plaintiffs then moved to remand the case back to state court, and the federal district judge granted the motion. The defendants then sought a writ of mandamus from the Third Circuit to compel the federal district judge to accept jurisdiction of the action.
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