The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jacqueline Scott Corley United States Magistrate Judge
United States District Court Northern District of California
SUA SPONTE REQUEST FOR RELATED CASE DETERMINATION (Civil L.R. 3-12(c))
Defendant David Herrera, proceeding pro se, removed this unlawful detainer civil 20 action from the Contra Costa County Superior Court alleging federal question jurisdiction. 21
The underlying complaint alleges a violation of California Code of Civil Procedure 1161a. 22 Northern District of California Local Rule 3-12(c) provides: Whenever a Judge 23 believes that a case pending before that Judge is related to another case, the Judge may refer 24 the case to the Judge assigned to the earliest- filed case with a request that the Judge assigned 25 to the earliest-filed case consider whether the cases are related. 26
In reviewing Defendant's Notice of Removal and the related-filed documents, it has 27 come to the Court's attention that this action may be related to California Housing Authority 28 v. Herrera, No. 12-00105 WHA. The earlier action also sought to remove the same unlawful detainer action filed against Defendant David Herrera in the Contra Costa County Superior Court. The basis for removal in that action was also federal question jurisdiction. The Honorable Judge Alsup remanded that case back the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa on May 4, 2012. See California Housing Authority v. Herrera, No. 12-00105 WHA, Dkt. No. 20. In this action, Defendant seeks to remove the same unlawful detainer action concerning the same real property. The only difference between the two notices of removal is one line in the caption, which in this case states "42 U.S.C. § 1983 Discrimination Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights," and in the prior case was replaced with "S. 896 Sec. 702 Effect of Floreclosure [sic] on Pre-existing Tenancy." Compare No. 12-5482 JSC, Dkt. No. 1 with No. 12-00105 WHA, Dkt. No. 1. The text of the documents is otherwise the same.
The Court notes that on June 26, 2012, Plaintiff filed yet another Notice of Removal of the same unlawful detainer action premised instead on diversity jurisdiction which was assigned to the undersigned. California Housing Authority v. Herrera, No. 12-3301 WHA, Dkt. No. 1. The undersigned similarly filed a Sua Sponte Related Case Determination Request in that action, and on August 30, 2012, the Honorable Judge Alsup related that action to No. 12-00105. Id. at Dkt. No. 9. The Court remanded the case on October 2, 2012. Id. at Dkt. No. 19. Thus, this action is the third time Plaintiff has removed the same unlawful detainer proceeding.
Accordingly, pursuant to Local Rule 3-12(c) this action is referred to the Honorable William Alsup for a determination of whether this action is related to California Housing Authority v. Herrera, No. 12-00105 WHA.
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