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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Since its inception, Congress has successively restricted diversity jurisdiction by raising the amount-in-controversy requirement.
Revisiting the principle that all that is required to bring a diversity claim is complete diversity between plaintiffs and defendants, and that the plaintiff has pied at least the amount-in-controversy, this seems like a significant, and wholly unnecessary, amount of work.
C prefers state court, but since A meets the diversity and amount-in-controversy requirements, there is little C can do.
214) Because of the dearth of homegrown insurance companies, and because plaintiffs' lawyers disliked Louisiana's liberally applied judicial review of jury verdicts, this virtually ensured that every tort above the amount-in-controversy committed in Louisiana against a party with out-of-state insurance found its way to federal court.
73, 78 (imposing a $500 amount-in-controversy requirement); Act of Mar.
86) In fact, the Red Cab plaintiff, while filing its suit in state court, had expressly claimed damages in excess of the amount-in-controversy requirement.
In cases where a plaintiff brings an action in federal court and a defendant seeks dismissal on amount-in-controversy grounds, the case will not be dismissed unless it appears, to a "legal certainty," that the original claim was really for less than the jurisdictional amount.
It does not place upon the defendant the daunting burden of proving, to a legal certainty, that the plaintiff's damages are not less than the amount-in-controversy requirement.
The federal district court granted remand, finding "itself in agreement with the decisions characterizing a post-removal amount-in-controversy stipulation as a clarification permitted by St.