New Orleans Pacific Railway Co. v. Parker
143 U.S. 42 (1892)

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New Orleans Pacific Railway Co. v. Parker, 143 U.S. 42 (1892)

New Orleans Pacific Railway Co. v. Parker

No. 137

Argued January 4-5, 1892

Decided February 1, 1892

143 U.S. 42

APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT ON LOUISIANA

Syllabus

When several plaintiffs claim under the same title, and the determination of the cause necessarily involves the validity of that title, and the whole amount involved exceeds $5,000, this Court has jurisdiction as to all such plaintiffs, though the individual claims of none of them exceed $5,000; but where the matters in dispute are separate and distinct, and are joined in one suit for convenience or economy, the rule is the reverse as to claims not exceeding $5,000.

A mortgage by a railroad company of its railroad, rights of way, roadbed, and all its real estate then owned or which might be thereafter acquired appurtenant to or necessary for the operation of the railroad, and all other property wherever situated in the state then owned or which might thereafter be acquired by the company and which should be appurtenant to or necessary or used for the operation of its road, and also the tenements, hereditaments, and appurtenances thereunto belonging, does not cover a grant of lands within the state subsequently made by Congress to the company in aid of the construction o

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