Ligonier lawyer's lawsuit claiming wife duped him into marriage dismissed

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A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Ligonier attorney who claimed his wife duped him into marriage, saying the complaint didn't raise any questions of federal law.

James Russell McGregor Jr., son of the late Allegheny County Common Pleas judge for whom he is named, sued claiming his wife, Jacqueline, committed fraud when they married five years ago.

In a lawsuit he filed himself, Mr. McGregor claimed that she was after his family's money.

She filed for divorce eight days earlier but said in a phone interview that she really didn't want a divorce and had never been after any family wealth.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer found that Mr. McGregor's arguments for federal jurisdiction are "woefully deficient" and dismissed the case without prejudice. That means it can be filed again in federal court or other courts.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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