Aggregation of Jurisdictional Amount

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Even if claims are related, when there are multiple parties with several and distinct claims, the claims may not be aggregated to satisfy the requirement for the jurisdictional amount. Two exceptions to this rule exist. First, a single plaintiff is allowed to aggregate the amount if he or she has two or more claims against a single defendant, whether the claims are related or unrelated. A second exception exists where there are two or more plaintiffs who have a common or undivided interest.