Catlin Insurance Company Inc v. Dixie Air Services Inc et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Chief Judge Karon O Bowdre on 7/9/2014. (AVC)
2014 Jul-09 AM 10:53
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
CATLIN INSURANCE COMPANY, INC., )
) Civil Action Number: 7:12-cvB03710-KOB
DIXIE AIR SERVICES, INC. et al.,
On March 14, 2014, the magistrate judge entered a Report and Recommendation (doc. 36),
recommending that the court grant the Defendants’ motions to abstain from making a declaration
of rights, dismiss this action, and allow the state court to decide the issue in the identical pending
state court declaratory judgment action (docs. 22 & 28). The Plaintiff filed timely objections (doc.
37), and the Defendants filed responses to the Plaintiff’s objections (docs. 39 & 40).
The court has considered the entire file in this action, including the report and
recommendation, the Plaintiff’s objections, and the Defendants’ responses to the objections. The
court ADOPTS the magistrate judge’s report and ACCEPTS his recommendation. The court finds
that Defendants’ motions to abstain and dismiss this action are due to be granted because federalism,
comity, and efficiency all weigh in favor of abstention; the court, in its discretion, declines to
exercise jurisdiction because several of the Ameritas guidelines support Tuscaloosa County Circuit
Court as the better venue for the parties to litigate this controversy, even though the state declaratory
action was filed after this action; and the complete controversy exists only in state court.
The court will enter a separate Order in conformity with this Memorandum Opinion.
DONE and ORDERED this 9th day of July, 2014.
KARON OWEN BOWDRE
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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