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Title Nadia Mendoza v. Associated Newspapers Ltd.

April 17, 2013

TITLE NADIA MENDOZA
v.
ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS LTD., ET AL.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, U.S. District Judge

CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL

Present: The Honorable STEPHEN V. WILSON, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE

Paul M. Cruz N/A

Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder Tape No.

Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants:

N/A N/A

Proceedings: IN CHAMBERS ORDER Re JURISDICTION

On January 30, 2013, Plaintiff Nadia Mendoza ("Plaintiff") filed her complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging breach of contract, wrongful termination, and several violations of California's Labor Code against defendant Associated Newspapers LTD ("ANL"), defendant Mail Media, Inc. ("Mail Media"), and fictitious defendants. (Mail Media's Notice of Removal ("NOR") Ex. A ("Compl.")). On March 13, 2013, Mail Media removed the case, asserting that this court has diversity jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332. For the reasons set forth below, the Court REMANDS this action to the Los Angeles County Superior Court of California.

I.INTRODUCTION AND FACTUAL BACKGROUND

Plaintiff, although domiciled and residing in California, is a British citizen. (Compl. ¶ 1). Mail Media is a Delaware corporation doing business in California, (Compl. ¶ 3), and has its principal place of business in New York. (Compl. ¶ 3; NOR ¶ 15). ANL is a private British limited company organized under the laws of the United Kingdom. (NOR ¶ 16).

II.DISCUSSION

The court may -- indeed must -- remand an action sua sponte if it determines that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction. See Kelton Arms Condo. Owners Ass'n v. Homestead Ins. Co., 346 F.3d 1190, 1192 (9th Cir. 2003). In seeking removal, the defendant bears the burden of proving that jurisdiction exists. Scott v. Breeland, 792 F.2d 925, 927 (9th Cir. 1986). "The basic statutory grants of federal-court subject-matter jurisdiction are contained in 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1332." Arbaugh v. Y&H Corp., 546 U.S. 500, 513 (2006). Section 1331 provides for "federal-question" jurisdiction; Section 1332, "diversity jurisdiction." Absent one, the other is required for the court to have subject matter jurisdiction. Caterpillar Inc. v. Williams, 482 U.S. 386, 392, 107 S. Ct. 2425, 2429 (1987). In its notice of removal, Mail Media asserted only that this Court has jurisdiction pursuant to Section 1332, diversity jursidction.

A.Diversity Jurisdiction

Section 1332(a) provides that "[t]he district courts shall have original jurisdiction of all civil actions where the matter in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $75,000 . . . and is between: (1) citizens of different States; (2) citizens of a State and citizens or subjects of a foreign state . . . ." Under Section 1332, a person is a "citizen" of a state only if he or she is both a citizen of the United States, and domiciled in an American state. See Lew v Moss, 797 F.2d 747, 749 (9th Cir. 1986) (emphasis added); Kantor v. Wellesley Galleries, Ltd., 704 F.2d 1088, 1090-91 (9th Cir. 1983). Moreover, district courts lack diversity jurisdiction where there are "foreign citizens on both sides of the case." See Infuturia Global Ltd. v. Sequus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 631 F.3d 1133, 1137 (9th Cir. 2011); see also 13E HARLES A. WRIGHT, ARTHUR R. MILLER & EDWARD H. COOPER, FEDERAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE ยง 3604 (3d ed. 1998) ("[F]ederal courts throughout the nation ...


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