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Faiz A. Jahani, An Individual; and Khadija Jahani, An Individual v. Jpmorgan Chase Bank

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


July 7, 2011

FAIZ A. JAHANI, AN INDIVIDUAL; AND KHADIJA JAHANI, AN INDIVIDUAL,
PLAINTIFFS,
v.
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A; QUALITY LOAN SERVICE CORPORATION, DEFENDANTS.

ORDER OF REMAND

Plaintiffs Faiz A. Jahani and Khadija Jahani filed this action in the Sacramento County Superior Court on February 1, 2011, against defendants JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as successor in interest to, and d/b/a, Washington Mutual Bank, FA, and d/b/a Chase Home Finance, LLC ("JPMorgan Chase"); Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac"); Quality Loan Service Corporation ("Quality Loan"); Jeffery Scott Strachan; and Rudolfo Tan Omega. Plaintiffs alleged nine state law claims arising from a residential loan: (1) fraud, (2) civil conspiracy, (3) negligence, (4) breach of fiduciary duty, (5) violations of California's Unfair Competition Law ("UCL"), Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 17200-17210, (6) violation of California Civil Code section 2923.5, (7) breach of oral contract, (8) breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and (9) declaratory and injunctive relief.

On March 2, 2011, Freddie Mac removed the action to this court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1442, and 12 U.S.C. § 1452(f). See 28 U.S.C. § 1331 (federal courts have original jurisdiction over civil actions arising under federal law); 28 U.S.C. § 1442(a) (agencies of the United States may remove actions against them); 12 U.S.C. § 1452(f) (deeming Freddie Mac a federal agency and all actions involving Freddie Mac as arising under federal law, and providing that Freddie Mac may remove action from state court).

Plaintiffs filed their First Amended Complaint ("FAC") on April 25, 2011, removing all claims against defendants Freddie Mac, Jeffery Scott Strachan, and Rudolfo Tan Omega. (Docket No. 5.) Plaintiffs' FAC retained only state law claims against remaining defendants JPMorgan Chase and Quality Loan. Because Freddie Mac is no longer a defendant and because jurisdiction was based solely on Freddie Mac being a party to the action, no ground for original jurisdiction over the case remains. See Sabater v. Lead Indus. Ass'n, No. 00 CIV. 8026, 2001 WL 1111505, at *6-7 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 21, 2001) (declining to exercise supplemental jurisdiction following dismissal of Freddie Mac). The court must now determine whether to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the remaining state law claims.

A district court "may decline to exercise supplemental jurisdiction . . . [if] the district court has dismissed all claims over which it has original jurisdiction." 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c); see also Acri v. Varian Assocs., Inc., 114 F.3d 999, 1001 n.3 (9th Cir. 1997) (en banc) (explaining that a district court may decide sua sponte to decline to exercise supplemental jurisdiction). The court's decision is informed by the values of judicial economy, fairness, comity, and convenience. Acri, 114 F.3d at 1001. "[I]n the usual case in which all federal-law claims are eliminated before trial, the balance of factors to be considered . . . will point toward declining to exercise jurisdiction over the remaining state-law claims." Carnegie-Mellon Univ. v. Cohill, 484 U.S. 343, 350 n.7 (1988).

The court finds no reason that this is not such a usual case. The sole basis for federal jurisdiction was disposed of well in advance of trial and retaining jurisdiction over the state law claims would not affect judicial economy. Comity and fairness concerns also weigh in favor of remanding the action to state court: all remaining claims arise under California law, the state court is competent to hear the case and would provide an equally fair forum, and the state court may have a better understanding of state law. Finally, the state and federal fora are equally convenient for the parties. Accordingly, the court will decline to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the remaining claims and will remand this action to state court.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the entire action be, and the same hereby is, REMANDED to the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Sacramento.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all dates pending before this court are hereby VACATED.

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