Pudlowski v. The St. Louis Rams LLC, No. 16-8009 (8th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
A class of plaintiffs filed suit against the Rams in the Twenty-Second Circuit Court in the city of St. Louis, alleging state-law violations that arose out of the Rams' relocation of their professional football team to Los Angeles, California. The Rams removed the case to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), 28 U.S.C. 1332(d). Once before the federal district court, plaintiffs moved to remand to the state court based predominantly on a lack of minimal diversity necessary to support CAFA jurisdiction. On appeal, the Rams challenged the district court's decision to remand the case to the Missouri state court. The court concluded that the Rams properly removed the case to federal court by filing a notice of removal; the district court's refusal to consider postremoval evidence effectively denied the Rams the opportunity for jurisdictional discovery to establish their claim of federal jurisdiction; and the district court's refusal to consider postremoval evidence prejudiced the Rams by limiting their ability to prove their statutory right to a federal forum. Accordingly, the court vacated the district court's order remanding the case to the Missouri state court and remanded to the district court for further proceedings.