The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable S. James Otero, United States District Judge
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PRESENT: THE HONORABLE S. JAMES OTERO, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Victor Paul Cruz Courtroom Clerk
COUNSEL PRESENT FOR PLAINTIFF:
COUNSEL PRESENT FOR DEFENDANTS:
PROCEEDINGS (in chambers): ORDER REMANDING CASE TO LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT
Defendant Sears Holdings, Corp. ("Defendant") removed this matter from Los Angeles Superior Court on August 2, 2011, citing diversity jurisdiction. (Not. of Removal ¶¶ 2-10.) Defendant filed an Answer on August 17, 2011. On September 16, 2011, the Court issued a Minute Order setting scheduling dates for this matter, including a trial date of January 24, 2012.
On September 27, 2011, Defendant and Plaintiff Arnold Gonzalez ("Plaintiff") filed a stipulation to continue the trial date and pre-trial dates set in the Court's September 16 Minute Order. Through the stipulation, the parties attempted to push the trial one full year, with a trial date of January 24,
In the Stipulation, the parties notified the Court for the first time that the August 2, 2011, removal of the action from Los Angeles Superior Court was the second time the case had been removed to federal court. According to the stipulation, the action was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on January 27, 2011. (Stipulation 1 (Docket No. 15).) Defendant removed the case to this Court on March 17, 2011, citing diversity jurisdiction.*fn1 (Id. 2.) The matter was remanded on May 6, 2011, for failure to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the amount on controversy exceeded $75,000. (Id.) Once back in state court, Plaintiff provided a statement of damages on July 11, 2011, verifying that the amount in controversy was over $75,000. (Id.) On that basis, Defendant again removed the action to federal court, on August 2, 2011. (Id.) The Notice of Removal in ...