UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION
March 15, 2013
US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR BEAR STEARNS ARM TRUST, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2005-10 PLAINTIFFS,
ALFRED SILVA, AND DOES 1 TO 10, INCLUSIVE,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Paul S. Grewal United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER RE MOTION TO REMAND (Re: Docket No. 6)
On January 30, 2013, Defendant Alfred Silva ("Silva") removed this case from Santa Clara County Superior Court. Plaintiffs US Bank National Association, as Trustee for Bear Stearns Arm Trust, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Series 2005-10 ("Plaintiffs") brought an unlawful 20 detainer action against Defendants in state court, and Defendants removed the case to federal court 21 on the basis of presenting a defense or claims under The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, 12 22 U.S.C. § 5220. The parties have consented to magistrate jurisdiction.*fn1
Federal courts are limited in their jurisdiction to either (1)
diversity cases where citizens of
two different states have a dispute involving an amount in
controversy that exceeds $75,000 or (2) 25 26 27
federal questions where the cause of action - not the defense -
"arises under" federal law.*fn2 The 1 2 parties have
not alleged diversity, nor does the cause of action plead in the
complaint -- unlawful detainer -- arise under federal law. The court also notes that the
Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act does not provide a cause of action for tenants.*fn3
Defendant only argues that the case should be retained because he is planning to file another action, Farah v. Wells Fargo, which should be related to this case. He argues Farah v. Wells Fargo will involve causes of action for fraud and deceptive business practices, which invoke 8 a federal question. But even if a relation could save an otherwise infirm claim, Defendant has 9 10 provided no proof that such a case has been filed, and no motion to relate or consolidate has been made. This court, therefore, lacks subject matter jurisdiction to hear the case.
Accordingly, the court hereby ORDERS that this case be remanded to Santa Clara County Superior Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.