United States District Court, Central District of California
December 22, 2014
In Chambers Order REMANDING Case to Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Present: The Honorable DALE S. FISCHER, United States District Judge
DALE S. FISCHER, United States District Judge
This matter was removed from state court on December 10, 2014. Diversity jurisdiction does not exist because the amount in controversy does not exceed $75, 000. The complaint is limited to damages of $1, 200 per month and explicitly states that no more than $10, 000 is demanded. Defendant argues that ownership of the property is at issue, but it is obvious from the face of the complaint that possession, rather than ownership, is at issue.
The complaint is a state law unlawful detainer complaint and does not state a federal cause of action. Defendant raises a federal counterclaim, but federal question jurisdiction is based on the plaintiffs complaint and not on any counterclaims or defenses that a defendant might assert. See Holmes Group. Inc. v. Vornado Air Circulation Sys.. Inc.. 535 U.S. 826, 830-32 (2002).
The case is REMANDED to the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.
IT IS SO ORDERED.