The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Christina A. Snyder
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Present: The Honorable CHRISTINA A. SNYDER
Catherine Jeang Not Present N/A Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder Tape No. Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants Not present Not present Proceedings: (In Chambers:) DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS (filed October 30, 2012)
ORDER DISMISSING CASE FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION
On August 6, 2012, plaintiff Ha-rakhamon Azizi filed the instant action in Los Angeles County Superior Court against defendants The U.S. of America etc.; Dept. of Justice; Dept. of Educ.; Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer; Representative Henry A. Waxman; and Farshad Azizi, Yahouda Azizi, David Azizi, and Michael Azizi. Dkt. No. 1. Defendant United States Department of Justice removed the action to this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1442(a)(1) on September 12, 2012.*fn1 Plaintiff's complaint, like those complaints this Court previously dismissed, is largely incomprehensible and wholly insubstantial.
On September 19, 2012, defendants Bahman Azizi, Bahram Azizi, Farshad Azizi, and Yahouda Azizi filed a motion to dismiss on the basis of res judicata. Dkt. No. 10. Plaintiff previously filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court for the same claims against these same moving defendants in October 2010, allegedly arising out of the same property dispute; the Superior Court granted judgment to defendants in May 2012. See Defs.' Request for Judicial Notice ("RJN") Ex. B.*fn2 Plaintiff failed to oppose this motion in any intelligible fashion. See Dkt. No. 13. Having reviewed the parties' submissions, the Court hereby GRANTS defendants' motion with prejudice. Plaintiff's pleading could not be cured to avoid the res judicata effect of the prior state judgment against him.
In addition, plaintiff's complaint is largely incomprehensible and rambling. He alleges various charges of "stealing and/or adulterous and/or murderous acts" by the "U.S. American government of belonging to Almighty"; improper "hostage taking of this American government"; "idol worship"; and further allegations that appear to involve a speeding ticket he may have received. Compl. at 7--9. Plaintiff's requested relief, if it is fact such a request, is also wholly unintelligible. Compl. at 15 (requesting, inter alia, that "the judge of case of year 05--07 to be removed to another part of this government of belonging to Almighty").
A "complaint that is 'obviously frivolous' does not confer subject matter jurisdiction. . . ." Franklin v. Murphy, 745 F.3d 1221, 1227 n. 6 (9th Cir. 1984) (citing Hagans v. Levine, 415 U.S. 528, 536--37 (1974)); see also Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 327 n. 6 (1989); Bell v. Hood, 327 U.S. 678, 681--82 (1946); Franklin v. Oregon Welfare Div., 662 F.2d 1337, 1342--43 (9th Cir. 1981). Dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction is proper when the federal claim is "so insubstantial, implausible, foreclosed by prior decisions of this Court, or otherwise completely devoid of merit as not to involve a federal controversy." Steel Co. v. Citizens for a Better Env't, 523 U.S. 83, 89 (1998) (citations and quotations omitted). Dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction may occur sua sponte. Fiedler v. Clark, 714 F.2d 77, 78 (9th Cir. 1983).
The manifest insubstantiality of the present complaint deprives this Court of subject matter jurisdiction. This jurisdictional defect could not be cured by amendment. Accordingly, the Court hereby DISMISSES this action with prejudice.