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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Rather than specify a dollar amount, state court plaintiffs may plead damages "in an amount to be determined at trial" or "in excess of the jurisdictional limits of all lower courts." These statements do not establish an amount in controversy. If the defendants wish to remove to federal court under a statute imposing an amount-in-controversy requirement most commonly the diversity jurisdiction statute, which requires an amount in controversy exceeding $75,000, "exclusive of interest and costs," 28 U.S.C.
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(8) Unfortunately, the circuit courts are currently split regarding how the amount in controversy requirement is met for post-arbitration motions to vacate, confirm, or modify awards.
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(13) Congress recognized that under pre-CAFA law "class action lawyers typically misuse[d] the jurisdictional threshold to keep their cases out of federal court" and noted as an example of such "misuse" the inclusion in class action complaints of stipulations purporting to limit the amount in controversy to less than the jurisdictional minimum.
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(1) To effect that purpose, CAFA expanded federal diversity jurisdiction, allowing putative class action lawsuits to be litigated in federal court if (1) the parties are minimally dwerse; (2) (2) the putative class contains at least 100 members; (3) and (3) the aggregate amount in controversy exceeds $5 million.
Code in an attempt to limit the number of cases that can be removed to federal court.[1] Although these revisions took a number of forms, perhaps the most significant restriction was an increase in the amount in controversy requirement for diversity jurisdiction from $10,000 to $50,000.