100 US 112 Railroad Company v. Trook

100 U.S. 112

100 U.S. 112

25 L.Ed. 571


October Term, 1879

MOTION to dismiss a writ of error to the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia.

Trook, in an action in the court below against the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Company, recovered judgment, Feb. 19, 1877, for $4,000 and costs of suit. A motion for a new trial was then made on exceptions taken during the progress of the cause, and on account of excessive damages. Trook entered a remittitur of $1,500, and the judgment was ultimately affirmed at a hearing in general term. The company then removed the case here by writ of error, which Trook moves to dismiss, on the ground that this court, under the act of Feb. 25, 1879 (20 Stat. 320), has no jurisdiction, as the 'matter in dispute exclusive of costs' does not exceed 'the value of $2,500.'

Mr. James G. Payne in support of the motion.

Mr. Enoch Totten, contra.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE delivered the opinion of the court.


In cases brought here by writ of error for the re-examination of judgments of affirmance in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, the value of the matter in dispute is determined by the judgment affirmed without adding interest or costs. The judgment in this case, after the $1,500 had been remitted to avoid a new trial, did not exceed $2,500. Such being the case, under the rule established in Railroad Company v. Grant (98 U. S. 398), our jurisdiction has been taken away.


The motion to dismiss will be granted, each party to pay his own costs; and it is


So ordered.