Harris v. St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center et al
ORDER granting 6 Motion to Dismiss. This case is dismissed, without prejudice. (See document for further details). Signed by Senior Judge James A Teilborg on 6/3/16. (LAD)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, et
On May 20, 2016, the Court issued the following Order:
Federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. As a result, they
can hear only those cases that the Constitution and Congress have
authorized them to adjudicate: namely, cases involving diversity of
citizenship, a federal question, or cases to which the United States is a
party. Kokkonen v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of Am., 511 U.S. 375, 377
(1994). The party asserting jurisdiction bears the burden of proving a
jurisdictional basis exists. Id. In this case, because Plaintiff filed his suit in
federal district court, he must show that the federal court is authorized to
hear the case.
In the complaint, Plaintiff states, “Jurisdiction is within the statutory
guide lines of the Federal District Court….” Doc. 1 at 2. Plaintiff’s sole
cause of action is for negligence. Plaintiff claims to be a citizen of Arizona.
It appears Defendants are also citizens of Arizona. Accordingly, it does not
seem that either diversity jurisdiction or federal question jurisdiction exist
in this case.
IT IS ORDERED that within 21 days, Plaintiff shall file a
supplement to his complaint alleging a basis for federal subject matter
jurisdiction or this case will be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
In “response” to this Order, on June 1, 2016, Plaintiff moved to dismiss this case
(with prejudice). Doc. 6. The Court will grant the motion; however, because the Court
remains uncertain of its jurisdiction over this action, the dismissal will be without
IT IS ORDERED that the motion to dismiss (Doc. 6) is granted. This case is
dismissed, without prejudice.
Dated this 3rd day of June, 2016.
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