Claim for Injunctive Relief Has Value in Determining the Amount in Controversy for Diversity Jurisdiction

When you are filing a complaint to federal court, or removing one to federal court, the value of a claim for injunctive relief can be included in determining whether the $75,000 amount in controversy required for diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §1332(a) is met. Today in JTH Tax. Inc. v...

Fraudulent Joinder Won't Defeat Diversity

A common strategy for plaintiffs wishing to avoid federal court is to ensure at least one of the defendants is non-diverse. In theory at least, this would preclude the defendants from removing a case based on state-law claims from Virginia circuit court to federal court. In a ruling issued earlier this...