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A homeowner from State A filed a breach of contract and negligence action against a State B architect in federal district court, seeking damages for problems with the homeowner’s house. In designing the house, the architect relied on calculations performed by a State B engineer whom the architect hired to assist him with the project. The architect believes that incorrect calculations by the engineer caused any defects in the design.
May the architect assert and maintain an indemnity claim against the engineer in the pending federal action?CorrectIncorrect
A senior engineer and junior engineer worked for the same employer. In the course of their employment, the engineers had access to the design of some valuable equipment developed by their employer, which equipment constituted a trade secret. Conspiring together, the engineers secured copies of the blueprints for the equipment and removed it from the employer’s premises. The senior engineer then sold a copy of the prints to one of the employer’s competitors, and the junior engineer sold a copy to a different competitor. The employer intends to sue both engineers in federal district court, asserting misappropriation of trade secrets tort claims, seeking $150,000 in damages from the senior engineer and $100,000 in damages from the junior engineer. The employer is a citizen of State A. The engineers are both citizens of State B.
Can the employer assert and maintain its claims against both engineers in the same action in federal court?CorrectIncorrect