Barnes v. Parker
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
126 F. Supp. 649 (1954)
L. B. Barnes (plaintiff) filed two lawsuits in state court, one against C. O. Parker and W. R. Cron (defendants) and one against only Parker. Diversity of citizenship existed between Barnes and Parker and Cron. In the first case, Barnes alleged that Parker and Cron were jointly liable for a debt of approximately $4,000, which exceeded the amount-in-controversy requirement of $3,000. Parker removed the case to federal court on the grounds of diversity jurisdiction, but Cron did not join the notice of removal. In the second case, Barnes alleged that Parker was liable for approximately $2,100 in damages for a breach of contract. Parker filed a counterclaim for $4,800 and removed the case to federal court, reasoning that the amount in controversy in the second case was $6,900. Barnes appealed both removals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ridge, J.)
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