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Randy Allen, et al. v. City of Yucaipa et al.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 6, 2011

RANDY ALLEN, ET AL.
v.
CITY OF YUCAIPA ET AL.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable VIRGINIA A. Phillips, U.S. District Judge

PRIORITY SEND

CIVIL MINUTES -- GENERAL

PRESENT: HONORABLE VIRGINIA A. PHILLIPS, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE

Marva Dillard None Present Courtroom Deputy Court Reporter

ATTORNEYS PRESENT FOR PLAINTIFFS: ATTORNEYS PRESENT FOR DEFENDANTS:

None None

PROCEEDINGS: MINUTE ORDER REMANDING ACTION TO THE CALIFORNIA SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO (IN CHAMBERS)

On July 21, 2011, Plaintiffs People of the State of California, and City of Yucaipa ("Plaintiffs") filed a complaint ("Complaint") against Defendants Randy Allen and Sherry Allen ("Defendants") in the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, for public nuisance resulting from violations of the Yucaipa municipal code, development code, and the California Building Code. (Request for Judicial Notice (Doc. No. 10), Ex. 1.)*fn1 On August 3, 2011, Defendants removed the action RANDY ALLEN, et al. v. CITY OF YUCAIPA, et al. MINUTE ORDER of October 6, 2011 on the basis of federal question jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1331. (See Not. of Removal (Doc. No. 1) at 2.)*fn2

Removal jurisdiction is governed by statute. See 28 U.S.C. §1441. The Ninth Circuit applies a strong presumption against removal jurisdiction, ensuring "the defendant always has the burden of establishing that removal is proper." Gaus v. , 980 F.2d 564, 566 (9th Cir. 1992) (citing Nishimoto v. Federman--Bachrach & Assocs., 903 F.2d 709, 712 n.3 (9th Cir. 1990)); see also In re Ford Motor Co./Citibank, 264 F.3d 952, 957 (9th Cir. 2001) ("The party asserting federal jurisdiction bears the burden of proving the case is properly in federal court."). "If at any time before final judgment it appears that the district court lacks subject matter jurisdiction, the case shall be remanded." 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c); FW/PBS, Inc. v. , 493 U.S. 215, 231 (1990) ("federal courts are under an independent obligation to examine their own jurisdiction"); see also Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3) ("If the court determines at any time that it lacks subject-matter jurisdiction, the court must dismiss the action.")

Defendants allege the basis for removal is federal question jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1331, because the claims "arise under" of federal law. (See Not. of Removal at 3.) From the face of the Complaint, however, Plaintiffs' only claim is for public nuisance, a California state law action. See Franchise Tax Bd. v. Constr.

RANDY ALLEN, et al. v. CITY OF YUCAIPA, et al. MINUTE ORDER of October 6, 2011 Laborers Vacation Trust, 463 U.S. 1, 10 (1983) (defendant may not remove case to federal court unless basis for federal jurisdiction apparent on the face of the complaint). Accordingly, Defendants Notice of Removal has not shown the Court's jurisdiction based on federal question under 28 U.S.C. § 1331.

Defendants have not met their burden of establishing that the case is properly in federal court. Gaus, 980 F.2d at 566. Accordingly, the Court REMANDS the action to the Superior Court of California for the County of San Bernardino.*fn3

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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