Strawbridge v. Curtiss

Case Date: 02/26/2021

Strawbridge v. Curtiss, 7 U.S. 267 (1806)[1], was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States first addressed the question of complete diversity. In a 158 word opinion the court held that for federal diversity jurisdiction under section 11 of the Judiciary Act of 1789, every party on one side must be citizens of a different state. Therefore, when there are joint plaintiffs or defendants, jurisdiction must be established as to each party. This requirement remains in law as a matter of statutory interpretation, not constitutional law.