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The forum of a legal case can have an important effect on the outcome of a legal case.

forum non conveniens[edit | edit source]

A state court judge may reject a case on the grounds of forum non conveniens. If so, the state court may rule that the federal court system is more appropriate.

Forum shopping[edit | edit source]

The outcome of a case may become different depending on the location of the trial. A liberal court in New York City may rule very differently on a sexual harassment claim versus a conservative court in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Class-action trial lawyers normally don't file their claims in federal courts because of the hostile forums.

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