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RULE 2-305. CLAIMS FOR RELIEF

West's Annotated Code of MarylandMaryland Rules

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 2. Civil Procedure--Circuit Court
Chapter 300. Pleadings and Motions
MD Rules, Rule 2-305
RULE 2-305. CLAIMS FOR RELIEF
A pleading that sets forth a claim for relief, whether an original claim, counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim, shall contain a clear statement of the facts necessary to constitute a cause of action and a demand for judgment for the relief sought. Unless otherwise required by law, (a) a demand for a money judgment that does not exceed $75,000 shall include the amount of damages sought, and (b) a demand for a money judgment that exceeds $75,000 shall not specify the amount sought, but shall include a general statement that the amount sought exceeds $75,000. Relief in the alternative or of several different types may be demanded.
Cross reference: For pleading requirements and other procedures when attorneys' fees are claimed, see the Rules in Title 2, Chapter 700.
Committee note: If the amount sought exceeds $75,000, a general statement to that effect is necessary in order to determine if the case may be removed to a federal court based on diversity of citizenship. See 28 U.S. C.S. § 1332. A specific dollar amount must be given when the damages sought are less than or equal to $75,000 because the dollar amount is relevant to determining whether the amount is sufficient for circuit court jurisdiction or a jury trial.
Source: This Rule is derived in part from former Rules 301 c, 340 a, and 370 a 3 and the 1966 version of Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a) and is in part new.

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[Adopted April 6, 1984, eff. July 1, 1984. Amended Feb. 10, 1998, eff. July 1, 1998; Nov. 12, 2003, eff. Jan. 1, 2004; Nov. 1, 2012, eff. Jan. 1, 2013; Oct. 17, 2013, eff. Jan. 1, 2014.]

Editors' Notes

HISTORICAL NOTES
2003 Orders
The November 12, 2003, order amended the source note.
2012 Orders
The November 1, 2012 order amended the rule to change the circumstances under which a party is required to include the amount of damages sought in a demand for a money judgment, added a Committee note, and made a stylistic changes.
2013 Orders
The October 17, 2013, order added a cross reference concerning attorneys’ fees.
MD Rules, Rule 2-305, MD R RCP CIR CT Rule 2-305
Current with amendments received through September 1, 2017
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