UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 8, 2013
THE PRICE REIT, INC., ET AL.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable George H. Wu, United States District Judge
CIVIL MINUTES - GENERAL
Present: The Honorable GEORGE H. WU, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Javier Gonzalez None Present
Deputy Clerk Court Reporter / Recorder Tape No.
Attorneys Present for Plaintiffs: Attorneys Present for Defendants: None Present None Present
PROCEEDINGS (IN CHAMBERS): ORDER REMANDING CASE
Gilbert McCory ("Plaintiff") sued The Price Reit, Inc. ("Defendant") in Riverside County Superior Court for violation of California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, violation of California's Disabled Persons Act, and negligence. Defendant removed the case to this Court on March 28, 2013. Defendant's Notice of Removal asserts that the Complaint pleads a federal question, giving this Court subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331. See Notice of Removal ¶ 5. Plaintiff's first and second claims both allege that Defendant is required to ensure that all construction, alteration, or modification is barrier free and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines and Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. See Complaint ¶¶ 8, 10. Likewise, Plaintiff's negligence claim locates the necessary duty for such a claim by way of reference to the Defendant's alleged obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Unruh Civil Rights the California Disabled Persons Act. See id. ¶ 12.
It is this Court's duty to always examine its own subject matter jurisdiction, even if the parties do not address the issue. See Arbaugh v. Y&H Corp., 546 U.S. 500, 514 (2006). Because Plaintiff may prevail merely by demonstrating a violation of the California Code of Regulations for purposes of his first two claims and one of two California statute-based duties for purposes of his third claim, there is no federal question giving rise to jurisdiction under section 1331. See Rains v. Criterion Sys., Inc., 80 F.3d 339, 346 (9th Cir. 1996) ("When a claim can be supported by alternative and independent theories -- one of which is a state law theory and one of which is a federal law theory -- federal question jurisdiction does not attach because federal law is not a necessary element of the claim."); see also Nev. v. Bank of Am. Corp., 672 F.3d 661, 675 (9th Cir. 2012); Cal. Shock Trauma Air Rescue v. State Comp. Ins. Fund, 636 F.3d 538, 542 (9th Cir. 2011); Wander v. Kaus, 304 F.3d 856, 859-60 (9th Cir. 2002). As such, this Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction and therefore remands the case to Riverside County Superior
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