UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 31, 2011
TD BANCORP AS TRUSTEE FOR MAPLE TRUST
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Cormac J. Carney, United States District Judge
CIVIL MINUTES -- GENERAL
Michelle Urie N/A Deputy Clerk Court Reporter
ATTORNEYS PRESENT FOR PLAINTIFF: ATTORNEYS PRESENT FOR DEFENDANT:
None Present None Present
PROCEEDINGS: (IN CHAMBERS) ORDER REMANDING CASE FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION
Plaintiff TD Bancorp as trustee for Maple Trust # 925 ("TD Bancorp") filed this unlawful detainer action in the Superior Court for the County of Orange against Defendant Gamaliel Echeverria on November 1, 2010. On February 9, 2011, Mr. Echeverria removed the action to federal court asserting federal question jurisdiction, diversity jurisdiction, and the civil rights removal statute. By minute order dated April 25, 2011, this Court issued an order to show cause to Mr. Echeverria regarding why this action should not be remanded to state court for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and directing Mr. Echeverria to file any opposition to the order to show cause by May 27, 2011. Mr. Echeverria has not responded to the Court's order.
Accordingly, the Court hereby REMANDS this action to state court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c) on the grounds that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction. TD Bancorp's Complaint asserts a state-law claim for unlawful detainer, and affirmatively alleges that TD Bancorp seeks less than $10,000 in damages. (Notice of Removal Ex. 1 ¶ 1(c).) The Court may not exercise either federal question or diversity jurisdiction over that claim. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1332. Mr. Echeverria has also failed to allege any facts to show that the California state court deprived him of his constitutional rights. (See Notice of Removal ¶¶ 30, 32--36, 44--45.)
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