U.S. Supreme Court
Lownsdale v. Parrish, 62 U.S. 21 How. 290 290 (1858)
Lownsdale v. Parrish
62 U.S. (21 How.) 290
Congress passed no law in any wise affecting title to lands in the Territory of Oregon until September, 1850, and therefore where a controversy arose, in July, 1850, relating to titles to land, neither party could be said to have a legal title.
Consequently, the amount in controversy could not be ascertained so as to bring the case within the jurisdiction of this Court, and there is no question arising under the Constitution or laws of the United States so as to give jurisdiction.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court. chanroblesvirtualawlibrary