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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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STANDARD FIRE COMPANY v. KNOWLES
Case Documents

1BRIEF FOR PETITIONER
2BRIEF OF 21ST CENTURY CASUALTY COMPANY, 21ST CENTURY INSURANCE COMPANY, 21ST CENTURY INSURANCE COMPANY OF THE SOUTHWEST, AND 21ST CENTURY INSURANCE GROUP AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
3BRIEF OF THE ARKANSAS STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AS AMICUS CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
4BRIEF OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE RETAIL LITIGATION CENTER, INC. AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
5BRIEF OF WASHINGTON LEGAL FOUNDATION, ALLIED EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, AND INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEFENSE COUNSEL AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
6BRIEF OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS AS AMICUS CURIAE SUGGESTING REVERSAL
7STANDARD FIRE COMPANY v. KNOWLES Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
8STANDARD FIRE COMPANY v. KNOWLES Oral Argument Audio
9Slip Opinion in STANDARD FIRE COMPANY v. KNOWLES (Opinion by Justice Stephen G. Breyer)