Satisfying The Amount In Controversy Requirement

Law360, New York (April 15, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT) -- Defendants trying to remove class action cases to federal court can face a challenge in meeting the Class Action Fairness Act’s $5 million amount in controversy standard. It is often unclear what damages a plaintiff seeks or how plaintiff’s requested relief might be valued. Removing defendants are often challenged with how to establish that $5 million is in controversy. The Seventh Circuit has just made it easier for removing defendants to show that the amount in controversy requirement is met.

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