Deehan v. Amerigas Partners, L.P., No. 3:08-cv-01009, 2008 WL 4104475 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 2, 2008).
What happens when you mix over 14,000 class members each with a minimum claim of $500? Well, you get CAFA jurisdiction, of course!! When Amerigas removed this action to federal court under CAFA, the plaintiff apparently forgot everything he learned on Schoolhouse Rock and tried to remand the case back to state court.
Oh come on, we know our loyal readers remember Schoolhouse Rock.
I’m just a bill.
Yes, I’m only a bill.
And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.
Well, it’s a long, long journey
To the capital city.
It’s a long, long wait
While I’m sitting in committee,
But I know I’ll be a law some day
At least I hope and pray that I will
But today I am still just a bill.
And in case that wasn’t enough to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day, how about:
As your body grows bigger,
Your mind must flower
It’s great to learn,
‘Cuz knowledge is power!
It’s Schoolhouse Rocky,
A chip off the block
Of your favorite schoolhouse;
But we digress.
In Deehan, the plaintiff gathered together a class of approximately 14,082 members and sued Amerigas in California state court for not accurately reading propane meters and overcharging the putative class members. Amerigas removed the action and the plaintiff filed a motion to remand.
But the court was two steps ahead of the plaintiff ,and it denied the motion to remand. You see, the plaintiff was seeking recovery under the California Public Utilities Section 2107, and the minimum penalty for each offense under that section is $500.
After all, doesn’t everyone know that 14,082 x $500 = $7,041,000??
Maybe not, because Schoolhouse Rock didn’t have a song for multiplying by 500…but we can all agree that $7,041,000 is greater than $5,000,000. It looks like knowledge really is power. Thanks, Schoolhouse Rock. Motion to Remand denied.