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Elizabeth Amaya v. Laurel Vogel

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 5, 2011

ELIZABETH AMAYA
v.
LAUREL VOGEL

The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable John A. Kronstadt, United States District Judge

CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL

Present: The Honorable JOHN A. KRONSTADT, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

Andrea Keifer Not Reported

Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder

Attorneys Present for Defendants: Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Not Present Not Present

Proceedings: (IN CHAMBERS) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE RE LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION

This matter is set for a scheduling conference on October 17, 2011. Upon review of Defendant's Notice of Removal and the Verified Superior Court Complaint attached to it (Amaya v. Vogel, No. 11U90638), the Court finds that there is no adequate showing of a basis for federal jurisdiction. Thus, with respect to Defendant's claim of federal question jurisdiction, the Complaint states only one cause of action for unlawful detainer. That cause of action does not appear to fit within the parameters of 28 U.S.C. § 1331. Further, with respect to a claim of diversity jurisdiction, according to the present submission, both parties are alleged to be citizens of the State of California and the amount demanded in the complaint does not exceed $75,000. (As to the amount in controversy, the Verified Complaint states that the "[A]MOUNT DEMANDED DOES NOT EXCEED $10,000.") Accordingly, for each of these independent reasons, this Court does not appear to have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § § 1331-32.

As a result of the failure of Defendant to establish a basis for this Court's jurisdiction, the Court, on its own motion, issues an Order to Show Cause re: Dismissal for Lack of Jurisdiction, and sets it for hearing on October 17, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. If Defendant contends that there is a basis for federal jurisdiction in this matter, Defendant shall file a memorandum (not to exceed five pages), together with any supporting evidentiary materials, on or before October 11, 2011. If Defendant makes a filing, Plaintiff shall file a responsive memorandum (not to exceed five pages), together with any supporting evidentiary materials, on or before October 13, 2011. If Defendant does not make a timely filing in response to this Order, this matter shall be remanded to the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, West Covina Judicial District and the scheduling conference set for October 17, 2011 shall be taken off calendar.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Initials of Preparer ak

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