Amador Water Agency v. Perano

Filing 9

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER signed by Judge Morrison C. England Jr. on 4/4/06 ORDERING Pltf's Ex Parte Application to Summarily Remand 5 GRANTED, and this Case is REMANDED back to Superior Court of CA, County of Amador for further proceedings. CASE CLOSED. (cc: Certified Copy to Amador Superior Court). (Krueger, M)

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Amador Water Agency v. Perano Doc. 9 Case 2:06-cv-00689-MCE-GGH Document 9 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Plaintiff Amador Water Agency ("Plaintiff") has submitted an Ex Parte Application asking this Court to summarily remand the present action to state court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. section 1446, subdivision (c)(4). /// 1 ----oo0oo---v. KENNETH PERANO, as trustee of the ERNEST W. PERANO EXEMPTION TRUST UAD 09-02-92; MARLENE A. PERANO, KENNETH J. PERANO and DEAN A. PERANO, as co-trustees of THE ERNEST AND MARLENE PERANO TRUST, UAD 09-02-02; DOES 1-100, inclusive; and All Persons Unknown Claiming an Interest in the Property Described in the Complaint Defendants. AMADOR WATER AGENCY, 2:06-CV-0689-MCE-GGH Plaintiff, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Case 2:06-cv-00689-MCE-GGH Document 9 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 2 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Defendants Kenneth Perano, Marlene A. Perano and Dean A. Perano, as trustees of the Ernest W. Perano Exemption Trust and the Ernest and Marlene Perano Trust (collectively, "Defendants") oppose Plaintiff's motion.1 By a Notice of Removal filed March 30, 2006, Defendants removed this action to this Court from the Superior Court of California, County of Amador. Defendants aver that federal question jurisdiction exists because the resolution of the underlying property dispute is defined by a boundary originally drawn pursuant to a federal land patent. Conversely, Plaintiff argues that assessment of the physical location of that boundary does not raise any federal question. Plaintiff. The Ninth Circuit has spoken expressly to this question and clarified that property disputes involving federal land patents do not confer federal question jurisdiction. See Virgin v. County of The United This Court agrees with San Luis Obispo, 201 F.3d 1141, 1143 (9th Cir. 2000). States has no continuing interest in property acquired through federal land patents. Id. (citing Landi v. Phelps, 740 F.2d 710, Indeed, a controversy regarding land has 713-714 (9th Cir. 1984). never been regarded as presenting a federal question simply because one of the parties to it has derived his title from a patent or under an act of Congress. Id. (citing Hilegfore v. Peoples Bank, 776 F.2d 176, 178 (7th Cir. 1985)(per curiam). /// Because oral argument will not be of material assistance, the Court orders this matter submitted on the briefs. E.D. Cal. Local Rule 78-230(h). 2 1 Case 2:06-cv-00689-MCE-GGH Document 9 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Defendants' argument that the facts of the present action are distinguishable from the foregoing binding precedent is unpersuasive. The property dispute here is a matter of local Accordingly, property law to be vindicated in the local courts. the Court remands this case to the state court for further proceedings. IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: April 4, 2006 _____________________________ MORRISON C. ENGLAND, JR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 3

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