Amount in Controversy

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Amount in Controversy

The value of the relief demanded or the amount of monetary damages claimed in a lawsuit.

Some courts have jurisdiction, or the power to hear cases, only if the amount in controversy is more or less than an amount specified by law. For example, federal district courts can hear lawsuits concerning questions of federal law andcontroversies between citizens of different states, but they can do this only if the amount in controversy is more than $50,000. Some lower-level state courts, such as those that hear small claims, have no authority to hear controversies involving more than certain maximum amounts.

When the amount in controversy determines the court's authority to hear a particular case, it may also be called the jurisdictional amount.

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9) Since the Red Cab decision, federal courts have split as to what courts may consider when determining if the amount in controversy exceeds the jurisdictional threshold.
This Note will argue that a limited application of the majority approach is the sound analytical method for determining whether the amount in controversy exceeds the jurisdictional threshold.
25) This Note focuses on one such limitation--the amount in controversy threshold that a plaintiff must satisfy to invoke diversity jurisdiction.
Since the enactment of Section 1332, and specifically the inclusion of an amount in controversy requirement, scholars have promulgated numerous bases for its existence.
40) Without any further substantive analysis as to what it meant by the "value of the object," however, the Ward Court provided little guidance for future determinations of amount in controversy disputes.
the total cost of production compared to the amount in controversy
The three jurisdictional prerequisites for diversity removal, then, are: a civil lawsuit, an appropriate amount in controversy, and diversity of citizenship between the parties.
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Reversing the district court's finding that the company failed to demonstrate an adequate amount in controversy, the 11th Circuit equated the affidavit of a real estate appraiser setting the value of the property at $98,350 to the "value of the object of the litigation," and concluded that the jurisdictional threshold had been met.
2001) (proposal for settlement sent to defendant demanding $175,000 for a release of all claims provided adequate basis for the court to determine that the amount in controversy was present); Burns, 31 F.