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Hertz Corp. v. Friend

Docket No.: 08-1107
Certiorari Granted: Jun 8 2009
Argued: November 10, 2009
Decided: February 23, 2010

PartyNames: The Hertz Corporation v. Melinda Friend, et al.
Petitioner: The Hertz Corporation
Respondent: Melinda Friend, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

The Hertz Corporation
v.
Melinda Friend, et al.
Question Presented:

Whether, for purposes of determining principal place of business for diversity jurisdiction citizenship under 28 U.S.C. ยง 1332, a court can disregard the location of a nationwide corporation's headquarters - i.e., its nerve center.

Question:

1) Does the Supreme Court retain jurisdiction over this case even though the court of appeals failed to render a decision within the 60 days required by 28 U.S.C. § 1453(c)? 2) For the purposes of determining a corporation's principal place of business, can a court disregard the location of the corporation's headquarters?

Holding: vacated and remanded
Vote: 9-0
Read HERTZ CORP. V. FRIEND opinion (PDF)