UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 6, 2013
TDR SERVICING LLC
The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable George H. King, Chief U. S. District Judge
E-Filed -- JS-6
CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL
Presiding: The Honorable GEORGE H. KING, CHIEF U. S. DISTRICT JUDGE
Beatrice Herrera N/A N/A Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder Tape No. Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants:
None None Proceedings: (In Chambers) Order Remanding Action to State Court
On November 28, 2012, Defendant Glenda Finley ("Finley") removed the above-titled unlawful detainer action to this Court. The Notice of Removal ("NOR") states that we have federal question jurisdiction, but the state court complaint alleges only a claim for unlawful detainer under California law. On January 22, 2013, we therefore ordered Defendant to show cause why this matter should not be remanded because this Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction. [Dkt. No. 5]. We warned Defendant that her failure to timely and adequately show cause would be deemed her admission that this Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction, and in that event, this action would be remanded. On February 1, 2013, Finley timely responded to our OSC ("Response"). Finley's Response does not address the jurisdictional issues we raised. Instead of identifying a federal question to support jurisdiction, the Response argues, without authority, that our OSC "may be premature." (Response at 2). The Response also argues that venue is proper and that we have supplemental jurisdiction "with respect to any remaining claims." (Id.) The Response thus appears to confuse venue and federal jurisdiction. Finally, the Defendant contends that this case presents "substantial constitutional questions." (Id.) But as we explained in our OSC, "the 'well-pleaded complaint rule' requires that the federal question appear on the face of the complaint, and federal law is not the grounds for relief in this unlawful detainer action, which is 'a true state law claim.'" (OSC at 1 (citing Federal Nat. Mortg. Ass'n v. Thomere, 2012 WL 6115880, *2 (C.D. Cal. 2012)). Thus, the Response fails to identify a basis for federal question jurisdiction, and we see none. Accordingly, this action is hereby REMANDED to the state court from which it was removed.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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