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Owb Reo, LLC v. Catalina Garcia

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


November 15, 2012

OWB REO, LLC
v.
CATALINA GARCIA

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable James V. Selna

CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL

Present: The Honorable James V. Selna

Karla J. Tunis Not Present

Deputy Clerk Court Reporter

Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants:

Not Present Not Present

Proceedings: (In Chambers) Order Remanding Action to the Superior Court of the

State of California for the County of Orange

On November 2, 2012, Catalina Garcia ("Garcia") removed this case from the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Orange. (Docket No. 1.) She removed this action on the basis of federal question jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1331. (Notice of Removal, pp. 3-4.)

The Court has reviewed the jurisdictional allegations and has considered other possible bases for jurisdiction in light of the facts pled in the Complaint and the Notice of Removal. The Court finds no basis for jurisdiction, and now remands the case.

The Court must determine jurisdiction on the basis of the case removed. The underlying action is an unlawful detainer action. No federal claims are asserted (28 U.S.C. § 1331). Federal defenses or federal counterclaims provide no basis to remove an action which does not otherwise establish federal jurisdiction. See Franchise Tax Board

State of Cal. v. Construction Laborers Vacation Trust, 643 U.S. 1, 10 (1983); Metro

Truck Sales, Inc. v. Ford Motor Co., 145 F.3d 320, 326-27 (5th Cir. 1998). There is no basis for federal question jurisdiction.

It is unclear whether the parties are of diverse citizenship, as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)(1), because the record does not indicate the citizenship of the members of OWB Reo, LLC.*fn1 (Complaint, ¶¶ 1-2.) In any event, it is apparent that the amount of relief sought is less than the jurisdictional minimum of $75,000. The face of the Complaint states that the amount of claimed damages is less than $10,000. There is no basis for diversity jurisdiction.

The case is remanded to the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Orange for lack of jurisdiction.

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