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Michie v. Great Lakes Steel Division, National Steel Corporation
Citation:495 F.2d 213 (6th Cir. 1974)
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Thirty seven Canadian individuals (plaintiffs) sued three companies (defendants) that individually own and operate a total of seven plants across the Detroit River from Canada. Under a theory of nuisance, the lawsuit alleged that the defendants individually discharged pollutants into the air, which were carried into Canada and damaged the plaintiffs and their properties. The plaintiffs each sought damages between $11,000 to $35,000 jointly and severally from the defendants. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the individual plaintiffs did not meet the requirements for diversity jurisdiction.
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