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Hackman v. One Brands, LLC
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
No. CV 18-2101 (CKK) (2019)
Gloria Hackman (plaintiff) sued One Brands, LLC (defendant) in D.C. Superior Court under D.C.’s consumer protection statute, claiming One Bars contained much more sugar than its labeling and advertising said. One Brands removed the case to federal court, asserting class action and diversity jurisdiction. But Hackman requested remand because she had not asserted class action claims or an amount in controversy over the $75,000 minimum for diversity jurisdiction. Instead, Hackman had requested an injunction on behalf of the public prohibiting the sale of One Bars in D.C. until One Brands either recalled and relabeled its product or reformulated it to contain less sugar. One Brands countered that compliance would cost far more than $75,000 either way. One Brands also contended that Hackman’s requests for attorneys’ fees, punitive damages, and statutory damages could also exceed the $75,000 threshold.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kollar-Kotelly, J.)
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