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Nelson v. Keefer

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
451 F.2d 289 (1971)


Facts

Nelson (plaintiff) sustained injuries in an automobile accident involving Keefer (defendant). Nelson brought this diversity suit against Keefer in federal district court seeking damages. The claims were mostly for minor injuries, related medical bills, and property damage. The district court found that the evidence would not permit it to sustain a verdict for Nelson of $10,000 or more, the then jurisdictional amount in controversy requirement. As a result, it dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction. Nelson appealed on the grounds that the termination of the case prior to trial deprived him of his statutory right to a jury trial.

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