Troy Bank v. Whitehead & Co.
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222 U.S. 39 (1911)
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Troy Bank v. Whitehead & Co., 222 U.S. 39 (1911)
Troy Bank v. G. A. Whitehead & Company, Inc.
Submitted October 9, 1911
Decided November 6, 1911
222 U.S. 39
When two or more plaintiffs, having separate and distinct demands, unite for convenience and economy in a single suit, it is essential that the demand of each be of the requisite jurisdictional amount; but when several plaintiffs unite to enforce a single title or right, in which they have a common and undivided interest, it is enough if their interest collectively equal the jurisdictional amount.
The Circuit Court has jurisdiction of a suit brought by several plaintiffs to enforce a vendor's lien equally securing notes aggregating more than $2,000 held by them and which neither can enforce in the absence of the other, even though the claims of each plaintiff is less than $2,000.
184 F. 932 reversed.
The facts, which involve the question of whether the sum or value of the matter in dispute was sufficient to give the circuit court jurisdiction, are stated in the opinion.