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Southstar Iii LLC v. Ricardo Sanchez

July 27, 2012

SOUTHSTAR III LLC
v.
RICARDO SANCHEZ



The opinion of the court was delivered by: HonorableR. Gary Klausner, United States District Judge

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CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL

Present: The HonorableR. GARY KLAUSNER, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

S. Williams (Not Present) Not Reported N/A Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder Tape No. Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants: Not Present Not Present Proceedings: (IN CHAMBERS) Order Re: Motion to Remand and Request for Attorneys' Fees and Costs (DE 5)

INTRODUCTION

On December 21, 2009, Nationstar Mortgage LLC ("Plaintiff") filed a Complaint against Ricardo Sanchez ("Defendant") in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Plaintiff's Complaint stated a cause of action for unlawful detainer. On May 31, 2012, Defendant, in pro se, removed the action to this Court. Defendant removed on the basis of federal question jurisdiction and diversity of citizenship.

Presently before the Court is Plaintiff's Motion to Remand and Request for Attorneys' Fees and Costs. For the reasons set forth below, the Court GRANTS in part Plaintiff's Motion.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND

On August 7, 2009, Plaintiff purchased a piece of real property ("Property") in which Defendant was residing.On December 21, 2009, Plaintiff filed an unlawful detainer action against Defendant in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in order to recover possession of the Property from Defendant.On October 5, 2010, the court entered Default Judgment against Defendant.

JUDICIAL STANDARD

Removal jurisdiction is governed by 28 U.S.C. §§ 1441, et. seq. The Ninth Circuit has held unequivocally that the removal statute is construed strictly against removal. Ethridge v. Harbor House Rest., 861 F.2d 1389, 1393 (9th Cir. 1988). The strong presumption against removal jurisdiction means that "the defendant always has the burden of establishing that removal is proper." Gaus v. Miles, Inc., 980 F.2d 564, 566 (9th Cir. 1992).

DISCUSSION

Plaintiff argues that removal was improper because there is no federal subject matter jurisdiction or diversity jurisdiction. Further, Plaintiff moves for an award of attorneys' fees and costs in the amount of ...


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