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Hsbc Bank Usa N.A. v. Serrato

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

July 1, 2013

HSBC BANK USA N.A. as trustee for HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST SERIES ACE 2006-HE1, Plaintiff,
v.
MARK SERRATO, et al., Defendants.

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND. RECOMMENDATION TO REMAND

RICHARD SEEBORG, District Judge.

The United States Magistrate Judge to whom this action was initially assigned issued a report and recommendation that plaintiff's motion to remand this action to the Superior Court of California for Alameda County be granted. See Dkt. 10. Specifically, in the Report dated June 14, 2013, the Judge found: (1) defendants' removal was untimely, (2) no diversity jurisdiction exists because the amount in controversy is less than $10, 000, (3) there is no federal question jurisdiction as the complaint's only claim for relief is for unlawful detainer under state law, and (4) defendants' argument that the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) confers federal question jurisdiction fails because, although they may use the PTFA as a defense in their state law proceedings, such a defense does not create subject matter jurisdiction in federal court. See id. at 4 (citing Holmes Group, Inc. v. Vornado Air Circulation Sys., Inc., 535 U.S. 826, 830-32 (2002) (discussing well-pleaded complaint rule)).

No party has filed objections to the Report and Recommendation, and it is adopted and incorporated in full. The case is remanded and the Clerk is directed to close the case file.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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