28 U.S.C. § 1441. - Actions removable generally(a) Generally.--Except as otherwise expressly provided by Act of Congress, any civil action brought in a State court of which the district courts of the United States have original jurisdiction, may be removed by the defendant or the defendants, to the district court of the United States for the district and division embracing the place where such action is pending.
Derivative removal jurisdiction.--The court to which a civil action is
removed under this section is not precluded from hearing and
determining any claim in such civil action because the State court from
which such civil action is removed did not have jurisdiction over that