CCP 4     

Art. 4.  Same; determination when dependent on amount in dispute or value of right asserted

When the jurisdiction of a court over the subject matter of an action depends upon the amount in dispute, or value of the right asserted, it shall be determined by the amount demanded, including damages pursuant to Civil Code Articles 2315.3 and 2315.4, or value asserted in good faith by the plaintiff, but the amount in dispute does not include interest, court costs, attorney fees, or penalties, whether provided by agreement or by law.

Acts 1995, No. 409, §1.