McMurray v. Merck & Co., Inc.,

Filing 5

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE why action should not be remanded for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Defendant's Show Cause Response due by 3/9/2007. Plaintiff may file a reply no later than 3/23/2007. The matter will stand submitted on that date, unless the Court determines, after reviewing the parties' submissions, that a hearing is necessary. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on 2/22/2007. (mmclc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/22/2007)

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McMurray v. Merck & Co., Inc., Doc. 5 Case 3:07-cv-01007-MMC Document 5 Filed 02/22/2007 Page 1 of 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Before the Court is defendant Merck & Co., Inc.'s Notice of Removal, filed February 16, 2007, in which defendant asserts the federal district court has diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. 1332(a). In the complaint, plaintiff does not seek any particular amount of damages. A federal district court has jurisdiction over removed actions only if such court would have had original jurisdiction over the action had it originally been filed therein. See 28 U.S.C. 1441(a). The instant action contains no federal claims. Under such circumstances, the federal district court has subject-matter jurisdiction only if the action is between citizens of different states and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000. See 28 U.S.C. 1332(a). Defendant's notice of removal asserts that the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000, but fails to submit evidence to support that assertion. As a consequence, defendant has failed to establish diversity jurisdiction. See Gaus v. Miles, 980 F.2d 564, 567 (9th Cir. 1992) (holding defendant in removed action "bears the burden of actually v. MERCK & CO., INC., et al., Defendants / United States District Court JASON E. McMURRAY, Plaintiff, No. C-07-1007 MMC ORDER REQUIRING DEFENDANT TO SHOW CAUSE WHY ACTION SHOULD NOT BE REMANDED IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Dockets.Justia.com Case 3:07-cv-01007-MMC Document 5 Filed 02/22/2007 Page 2 of 2 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 proving the facts to support jurisdiction, including the jurisdictional amount.") Accordingly, defendant is hereby ORDERED TO SHOW CAUSE in writing, filed and served no later than March 9, 2007, why the instant action should not be remanded for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Plaintiff may file a reply to defendant's response to the order to show cause no later than March 23, 2007. The matter will stand submitted on that date, and will be decided without a hearing, unless the Court determines, after reviewing the parties' submissions, that a hearing is necessary. See Civ. L.R. 7-1(b). IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: February 22, 2007 MAXINE M. CHESNEY United States District Judge 2

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