Morris v. Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc. et al

Filing 17

ORDER RE: 15 GRANTING REMAND. Signed by Judge Richard Seeborg on 09/17/2010.(rslc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/17/2010)

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Morris v. Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc. et al Doc. 17 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 *E-Filed 09/17/2010* IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION THOMAS O. MORRIS, Plaintiff, No. C 10-3468 RS ORDER GRANTING REMAND United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 v. CROWN CORK & SEAL COMPANY, INC. et al., Defendants. ____________________________________/ Plaintiff Thomas Morris filed a complaint in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco on June 29, 2010, alleging asbestos-related injuries against various defendants, including Foster Wheeler LLC. Foster Wheeler filed its Notice of Removal with this Court on August 9, 2010, claiming federal officer jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1442(a)(1). Specifically, Foster Wheeler alleged that it has a colorable military contractor defense to Morris' claims. No other parties have joined in the removal or asserted removal on any other grounds. On August 12, 2010, Morris voluntarily dismissed his complaint against Foster Wheeler. Morris then filed his motion to remand on August 19, 2010. No opposition to the motion to remand has been filed. In cases removed pursuant to 1442(a)(1), "'[i]f the federal party is eliminated from the suit after removal... the district court does not lose its... jurisdiction over the state law claims against NO. C 103468 RS ORDER REGARDING JURY TRIAL Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 the remaining non-federal parties.'" Spilmon v. Allis-Chalmers Corp. Prod. Liability Trust et al, No. C-08-4873 (MCC), 2008 WL 5250472 at *1 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 17, 2008) (citing Dist. of Columbia v. Merit Sys. Prot. Bd., 762 F.2d 129, 132-33 (D.C.Cir.1985). Rather, the district court retains the discretion to hear the underlying state law claims or to remand the case to state court. See id; see also Swett v. Schenk, 792 F.2d 1447, 1450 (9th Cir.1986). Here, given the early stage of the proceedings and with no federal claims alleged, no defendant other than Foster Wheeler having appeared in this Court, and no opposition to the motion to remand, the Court remands the action to state court. Additionally, the matter is appropriate for resolution without oral argument pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7-1(b) and the motion hearing set for September 23, 2010 is vacated. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 09/17/2010 RICHARD SEEBORG UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE NO. C 103468 RS ORDER REGARDING JURY TRIAL 2

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