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Civil Procedure Keyed to Field
Owen Equipment & Erection Co. v. Kroger
Citation:437 U.S. 365, 98 S.Ct. 2396
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James Kroger was electrocuted when a crane touched an electric power line. His wife (Plaintiff), who was a citizen of Iowa, sued Omaha Public Power District (a Nebraska company) for wrongful death in Nebraska district court. Omaha Public Power District filed a third-party complaint against Owen Employment and Erection Co. (Defendant), which was an Iowa company, alleging that Owen Employment’s negligence caused Kroger’s death. Kroger’s wife then added Owen Employment and Erection Co. as an additional defendant. The district court then entered summary judgment for Omaha Public Power District, leaving Kroger and Owen Employment, both citizens of Iowa, as the only remaining parties. Owen Employment Petitioner filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the federal district court could no longer exercise diversity jurisdiction.
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