United States District Court, D. Massachusetts
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ON PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO
Dennis Saylor United States District Judge
a product liability lawsuit. Plaintiff Haileigh Hildreth has
filed suit against defendant Camp Planner International USA
Corporation, asserting claims under state law.
to the complaint, in July 2018, Hildreth used a hammock that
had its straps manufactured by Camp Planner. She alleges that
the hammock was set up improperly, leading its straps to
break while she was laying in it. She fell to the ground and
broke a bone in her back.
filed the complaint in the Superior Court on August 12, 2019.
On November 15, 2019, Camp Planner removed the case to this
court based on diversity jurisdiction.
has moved to remand the case to the Superior Court on the
ground that the amount in controversy does not exceed $75,
000. For the following reasons, the motion will be granted.
facts are stated as set forth in the complaint.
Hildreth is a resident of Burlington, Massachusetts. (Compl.
Planner International USA Corporation is a California
corporation with a principal place of business in California.
(Id. ¶ 2).
to the complaint, on July 15, 2018, Hildreth was camping in
Fort Ann, New York. (Id. ¶ 3). While camping,
she used a Field & Stream Double Hammock. (Id.).
The hammock's straps were manufactured by Camp Planner.
unclear who set up Hildreth's hammock, but it appears to
have been done improperly. The complaint alleges that the
hammock was set up between two trees, but its “straps
were not properly positioned around said trees” because
the “loops to the straps were facing the trees.”
(Id. ¶ 5). This caused the straps to break.
to the complaint, Hildreth was laying in the hammock when its
straps broke. (Id. ¶ 6). She fell to the ground
and broke a bone in her back. (Id.).