A class-action suit against Ford Motor Co. over allegedly faulty transmissions in five models during the early 1990s must be litigated in federal court now that U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter has refused to send the case back to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that the case should never have been removed to federal court since the individual class members are all seeking less than $75,000, the minimum for triggering federal diversity jurisdiction.

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