UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 23, 2011
TITLE KATHLEEN POWELL
ROBERT E. RYAN, ET AL.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Andrew J. Guilford
AMENDED CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL
Lisa Bredahl Not Present
Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder Tape No.
Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants:
Proceedings: [IN CHAMBERS] ORDER REMANDING CASE
Plaintiff Kathleen Powell ("Plaintiff") filed this case in state court for unlawful detainer. Defendant Robert Ryan ("Defendant") then filed a Notice of Removal, which removed this case from state to federal court. For the reasons that follow, the Court REMANDS the case to Orange County Superior Court.
Plaintiff's Complaint apparently states a simple state cause of action for unlawful detainer. Defendants Notice of Removal argues that federal jurisdiction is proper "based upon federal question jurisdiction" and for diversity jurisdiction. But a review the papers filed with the removal documents makes clear that Defendant's argument fails. The Complaint does not rely on any federal law, so Defendants have not demonstrated a basis for federal jurisdiction. See 28 U.S.C. § 1441(a); Syngenta Crop Prot., Inc. v. Henson, 537 U.S. 28, 33 (2002) ("Under the plain terms of § 1441(a), in order properly to remove [an] action pursuant to that provision, [defendants] must demonstrate that original subject-matter jurisdiction lies in the federal courts.").
Further, in unlawful detainer actions, "[s]peedy adjudication is
desirable to prevent subjecting the landlord to undeserved economic
loss and the tenant to unmerited
harassment and dispossession when his lease or rental agreement gives
him the right to peaceful and undisturbed possession of the property."
Lindsey v. Normet, 405 U.S. 56, 73 (1972). Improper removal of
unlawful detainer cases harms the concerns stated in Lindsey.
Defendants are cautioned not to improperly seek federal jurisdiction,
particularly for delay.
In sum, Defendants fail to establish that federal jurisdiction exists over this case. Thus, the case is REMANDED to the appropriate state court.
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