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Smith v. Amedisys, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
298 F.3d 434 (2002)
Lori Smith (plaintiff) worked at Amedisys, Inc. (defendant). After being harassed by multiple supervisors, Smith left her job and filed a lawsuit against Amedisys in Louisiana state court alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Louisiana state employment and tort law. Amedisys removed the case to federal district court, arguing that the court had federal-question jurisdiction over the Title VII claims. Because Smith’s federal and state claims arose under the same set of facts and were substantially related, the district court exercised supplemental jurisdiction over the state-law claims. After a trial, the district court granted summary judgment to Amedisys on Smith’s Title VII claims and dismissed the claims. The district court then considered whether it could retain supplemental jurisdiction over Smith’s state-law claims and decided, because of the time and resources it had devoted to Smith’s case over the three years it was pending in federal court, that retaining supplemental jurisdiction was proper. The district court then granted summary judgment for Amedisys on Smith’s state-law claims. Smith appealed, arguing that the district court improperly continued to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over her state-law claims after dismissing her Title VII claims.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stewart, J.)
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