UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 24, 2010
DOUGLAS HYSELL, PLAINTIFF,
JAMES YATES, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO REMAND, WITHOUT PREJUDICE
On February 22, 2010, Plaintiff filed a notice stating that following receipt of Defendants' notice of removal, he filed an amended complaint in state court removing his federal claims. Plaintiff seeks remand of this action to state court.
Plaintiff's action in filing an amended complaint in state court does not defeat federal jurisdiction because the case was removed to this court prior to Plaintiff's action. See Libhart v. Santa Monica Dairy Co., 592 F.2d 1062, 1065 (9th Cir. 1979) (existence of federal jurisdiction determined by the complaint at the time of removal). Plaintiff is not precluded from filing an amended complaint in this action, Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a), but he has not done so and any filings submitted to the state court have no effect on these proceedings.
Plaintiff's motion to remand, filed February 22, 2010, is HEREBY DENIED, without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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