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Nicholas Keros v. Virtual Escrow Inc.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


February 19, 2013

NICHOLAS KEROS
v.
VIRTUAL ESCROW INC., ET AL.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable John A. Kronstadt, United States District Judge

CIVIL MINUTES -- GENERAL

Present: The Honorable JOHN A. KRONSTADT, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

Andrea Keifer Not Reported

Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder

Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants:

Not Present Not Present

Proceedings: (IN CHAMBERS) ORDER REMANDING CASE FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION JS-6

On October 20, 2009, Nicholas Keros ("Plaintiff") filed a Complaint in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in which he named the following parties as defendants: Virtual Escrow, Inc.; Rebecca Bowers; Erwin Pineda; Carmencita Pineda; Norma Sorto; City Escrow, Inc.; Steve Godman; Donell Nelson; Resurrect, Inc.; Christine Williams; and Forward Sunset, Inc., doing business as Keller Williams Realty ("Defendants"). Compl., Notice of Removal, Exh. 1, Dkt. 1. The Complaint sets forth six causes of action, all of which arise under California law. Id. Defendant Godman removed the action to this Court on January 3, 2013, alleging jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332 (diversity jurisdiction). See Notice of Removal, Dkt. 1.

On January 31, 2013, this Court issued an Order to Show Cause re Subject Matter Jurisdiction because neither the Notice of Removal nor the Complaint alleged the citizenship of any party. Dkt. 6. The parties were to respond on or before February 8, 2013. Id. No party has responded to this Order.

The party seeking to establish the Court's jurisdiction bears the burden of establishing it. Kokkonen v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of Am., 511 U.S. 375, 377 (1994). Here, Defendants have failed to meet their burden to establish a basis for diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332.

Accordingly, the Court REMANDS this matter to the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, Stanley Mosk Courthouse, No. BC424291.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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