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STANDARD FIRE COMPANY v. KNOWLES

Docket No.: 11-1450
Certiorari Granted: Aug 31 2012
Argued: January 7, 2013
Decided: March 19, 2013

PartyNames: The Standard Fire Insurance Company v. Greg Knowles
Petitioner: The Standard Fire Insurance Company
Respondent: Greg Knowles

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Citation: 11-8030, unreported
Supreme Court Docket

The Standard Fire Insurance Company
v.
Greg Knowles
Question Presented:

Last Term, this Court held that in a putative class action "the mere proposal of a class ... could not bind persons who were not parties." Smith v. Bayer Corp., 131 S. Ct. 2368, 2382 (2011). In light of that holding, the question presented is: When a named plaintiff attempts to defeat a defendant's right of removal under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 by filing with a class action complaint a "stipulation" that attempts to limit the damages he "seeks" for the absent putative class members to less than the §5 million threshold for federal jurisdiction, and the defendant establishes that the actual amount in controversy, absent the "stipulation," exceeds §5 million, is the "stipulation" binding on absent class members so as to destroy federal jurisdiction?

STANDARD FIRE COMPANY v. KNOWLES
ORAL ARGUMENT

January 7, 2013

Listen to Oral Argument in STANDARD FIRE COMPANY v. KNOWLES
Holding: VACATED AND REMANDED
Vote: 9-0
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