Point for Discussion: If the cases combined had a realistic compensatory damage value of less than the jurisdictional requirement, but punitive damages were sought that brought the amount over the threshold, would there still be a basis for federal jurisdiction based on diversity?
Answer to relevant Questions1. Regarding situation 1, assume that Jeff has all relevant connections, including longest annual residence, in North Carolina, except that he claims South Carolina as his domicile for purposes of paying federal income tax. ...What are the most common bases for federal jurisdiction? What two skills distinguish a licensed attorney? Was there a conflict of interest in this situation? If so, how should it have been handled to prevent this from happening? Would the outcome be changed if Mike could establish he had been running more than five miles every day at the same time on the same beach for one month and never had an incident with an oncoming pedestrian?
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