Ford Motor Co. v. McCauley

PETITIONER: Ford Motor Co.
RESPONDENT: McCauley
LOCATION: Lawrence County Courthouse

DOCKET NO.: 01-896
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1986-2005)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

CITATION: 537 US 1 (2002)
ARGUED: Oct 07, 2002
DECIDED: Oct 15, 2002

ADVOCATES:
Steve W. Berman - Argued the cause for the respondents
Seth P. Waxman - Argued the cause for the petitioners

Facts of the case

When Ford Motor Company and Citibank (South Dakota), N.A. canceled a credit card rebate program that enabled cardholders to accrue and redeem rebates towards the purchase of a new Ford, cardholders filed multiple state-based class actions. Ford and Citibank removed the cases to federal court. The cardholder plaintiffs consolidated their actions, seeking reinstitution of the program. Ultimately, the Court of Appeals found that each class member was asserting a separate and distinct claim and that the individual claims did not satisfy the $75,000 amount-in-controversy requirement. The appellate court also concluded that premising jurisdiction on the cost of complying with an injunction in favor of a single plaintiff would conflict with the principle of the amount-in-controversy requirement.

Question

Is the amount-in-controversy requirement of the federal diversity statute satisfied where a class representative seeks an injunction that would cost the defendant more than $75,000 to implement whether the injunction applies to one plaintiff or all class members?

Media for Ford Motor Co. v. McCauley

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 07, 2002 in Ford Motor Co. v. McCauley

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - October 15, 2002 in Ford Motor Co. v. McCauley

William H. Rehnquist:

I have the opinion of the Court to announce in No. 01-896, Ford Motor Company versus McCauley.

The petition for writ of certiorari is dismissed as improvidently granted.