Federal Officer

One way to remove a case to federal court that we haven’t discussed much is where the defendant is either a “federal officer” (not terribly relevant to our line of work), or else is a “person acting under that officer . . . for or relating to any act under color of such office.”  28

When we heard the other day that Watson v. Philip Morris had been handed down, we weren’t expecting miracles. Watson was one of those cases that you can pretty well tell what’s going to happen from the oral argument – and the oral argument hadn’t given those of us who live on the right side