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Caterpillar, Inc. v. Lewis

Caterpillar, Inc. v. Lewis - Civil Procedure 10/30 Removal...

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Civil Procedure 10/30 Removal Caterpillar, Inc. v. Lewis, U.S. Supreme Court, 1996 Facts : Lewis (KY) suffered injuries while operating a bulldozer. Asserting state-law claims , he sued Caterpillar (DE corp. with principal place of business in Ill.) and Whayne Supply Company (KY/KY). Several months later, Liberty Mutual (MA/MA) joined as plaintiff to recoup worker’s comp. benefits paid to Lewis on behalf of his employer. Lewis settled with Whayne less than a year after filing his complaint. Caterpillar then filed a notice of removal in U.S. District Court, claiming diversity. Lewis moved to remand the case back to state court because Liberty Mutual had not yet settled its claim against Whayne. Without addressing this argument, the District Court denied Lewis’ motion to remand. Later Liberty Mutual and Whayne settled. There was a jury trial and Caterpillar won. Court : (1) the District Court, in denying Lewis’ attempt to remand, wrongly treated Whayne as dropped from the case prior to removal. (2) 6 th
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