Civil Procedure Keyed to Field
Sutcliffe Storage & Warehouse Co. v. United States
Plaintiff rented space in its warehouse to the United States. Plaintiff discovered that the United States was occupying more space in the warehouse than had been agreed upon and sued to recover the rental value of the additional space. The district court did not have jurisdiction to hear claims against the United States for more than $10,000. All larger claims had to be filed in Washington with the court of claims. In order to keep the case before the district court, Plaintiff filed it as four separate actions alleging violations of the lease during four different time frames. The district court dismissed the second, third, and fourth actions, finding that all actions on the same lease must be consolidated. Plaintiff appealed, arguing that four separate causes of actions existed and that the four actions should be allowed because of the jurisdictional limits
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