Currently suing a company that has several federal cases that have mostly been consolidated into MDL. (they're a habitual offender) I filed my case in small claims court (Texas). Company has offices in Texas and they're registered in Texas, with HQ in another state. I sued their entity in Texas.
Company received service of suit in almost 30 days ago. From what I understand, they only have 30 days after receiving service to request removal to Federal Court per 28 USC 1446(b)(1). Is this a pretty hard rule? They can't claim diversity as I understand because we're in the same state.
Just trying to see if there are any major flaws in my logic.
Also, as a side note, if they did file to get it moved to federal, would they pay pay the federal filing fee since they made the request or would I have to.