Civil Procedure Keyed to Marcus
Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Allapattah Services, Inc and Rosario Ortega v. Star-Kist Foods. Inc
The Appeals Court of the United States is split on the decision concerning supplemental jurisdiction. The Supreme Court consolidated two cases one from a court that agrees and another from a court that disagrees with supplemental jurisdiction. Case 1: Exxon: In 1991, 10,000.00 Exxon dealers filed a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Corporation. The dealers alleged Exxon intentionally and systematically schemed to overcharge for fuel purchased from Exxon. After winning the case, the court ordered an interlocutory review as to whether supplemental jurisdiction over all plaintiffs was proper. The court found that supplemental jurisdiction was proper. Case 2: In this case a 9 year old girl sued Star-Kist for damages. She alleged she suffered unusually severe injuries when slicing her finger on a can of tuna. Her family also joined the suit seeking damages for emotional distress and medical expenses. The court found the child but not the parents met the amount-in-controversy requirement thus supplemental jurisdiction would be improper, even though both claims arose from the same case and controversy.
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