jurisdictional amount

jurisdictional amount

n. the range between the minimum and maximum amount of money or value in dispute in a lawsuit (generally based on the amount demanded in the lawsuit), which determines which court has jurisdiction to try the case. Example: in California, municipal courts have jurisdiction up to $25,000, superior courts have jurisdiction over that sum, and small claims courts (an alternative to formal municipal court filing) have a maximum jurisdictional amount of $5,000. Federal jurisdiction commences at the $10,000 level, if the lawsuit fits other federal requirements. (See: jurisdiction)

jurisdictional amount

noun amount involved in a case, domain, extent of authority, jurisdiction, jurisdictional authority, jurisdictional boundary, jurisdictional legal authorrty, jurisdictional legal power, jurisdictional monetary limit, jurisdictional monetary threshold, jurisdictional outer edge, jurisdictional perimeter, jurisdictional power, monetary amount that can be heard by a court, province, purview, range, sphere, territorial authority, territorial range, territory
Associated concepts: amount in controversy, subject matter jurisdiction
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219, 301 (1973) ("Each plaintiff in a Rule 23(b)(3) class action must satisfy the jurisdictional amount, and any plaintiff who does not must be dismissed from the case--one plaintiff may not ride on another's coattails.
52) The standard for determining whether the jurisdictional amount in controversy requirement is met has been long established: unless recovery of an amount exceeding the jurisdictional minimum is legally impossible, the case belongs in federal court.
The ledger maintained by Luy is the only piece of evidence available to account for the jurisdictional amount of P57.
He went on to argue that "a defendant seeking removal under CAFA need only allege the jurisdictional amount in its notice of removal and must prove that amount only if the plaintiff challenges the allegation.
paragraph] "After CAFA was enacted, class action plaintiffs could still stay out of federal court by filing a stipulation stating that the class wouldn't accept aggregate damages of more than the jurisdictional amount of $5 million," says Ogletree Deakins Shareholder Patrick Curran.
For example, class action lawyers often claimed that no class member sought the jurisdictional amount required for federal jurisdiction.
14) Still yet, some circuits will uphold jurisdiction because the original claim was for more than the minimum jurisdictional amount of $75,000.
39) The context was almost always a dispute about jurisdictional amount upon removal.
Measuring the Jurisdictional Amount in Federal Courts, 68 FORDHAM L.
Improve treatment of mass actions involving over 100 claimants by changing the jurisdictional amount, with federal jurisdiction existing only over those persons whose claims satisfy the normal diversity jurisdictional amount requirement for individual actions under current law ($75,000) and expand the "single sudden accident" exception so federal jurisdiction shall not exist over mass actions in which all claims arise from any "event or occurrence" that happened in the state where the action was filed and that allegedly resulted in injuries in that state or in a contiguous state.
When the jurisdictional amount is challenged, a defendant may engage in limited discovery for the purpose of ascertaining the amount in controversy.
It was not clear here whether the trial court had dismissed because it thought it had no jurisdiction to grant the equitable relief requested, or because the required jurisdictional amount had not been alleged in the bill.