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Civil Procedure Keyed to Friedenthal
Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Allapattah Services
Citation:545 U.S. 546 (2005)
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Exxon dealers filed a class action lawsuit against Exxon Corp. The named plaintiff in the class action lawsuit satisfied the amount in controversy requirement for diversity jurisdiction. The complaint alleged a scheme by Exxon Corp. to intentionally and systematically overcharge the dealers for fuel. After a plaintiffs’ verdict, the district court certified the case for interlocutory review, seeking a determination as to whether it had properly exercised jurisdiction over the claims of class members whose claims did not meet the minimum amount in controversy for federal diversity jurisdiction. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld jurisdiction. On the same issue in a different case, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided differently. The Supreme Court granted certiorari.
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