Lincoln County, Board of County Commissioners v. Calvert

Filing 7

ORDER granting 4 First MOTION to Remand to State Court and request for expidited ruling by Plaintiff. This case is remanded to State District Court of Lincoln County, Colorado, Case No. 02CV40. Signed by Judge Robert E. Blackburn on 6/16/06. (dln, )

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Lincoln County, Board of County Commissioners v. Calvert Doc. 7 Case 1:06-cv-01073-REB Document 7 Filed 06/16/2006 Page 1 of 2 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Judge Robert E. Blackburn Civil Case No. 06-cv-01073-REB-PAC BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN, Plaintiff, v. EMERSON FALLICE CALVERT, Defendant. ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO REMAND Blackburn, J. The matter before me is plaintiff's Motion to Remand to State Court and Request for Expidited [sic] Ruling [#4], filed June 13, 2006. I grant the motion. Pursuant to D.C.Colo.LCivR 7.1C, I may rule on a motion at any time after it is filed without awaiting or commissioning a response, and I find it appropriate to exercise that discretion here. It is clear beyond peradventure that this case was improperly removed. The underlying lawsuit itself involves state law zoning claims. Under the well-pleaded complaint rule, defendant's counterclaims, which allegedly arise under federal law, provide no basis for federal question jurisdiction.1 Holmes Group, Inc. v. Vornado Air Circulation Systems, Inc., 535 U.S. 826, 831, 122 S.Ct. 1889, 1893, 153 L.Ed.2d 13 (2002); Vanguard Car Rental USA, Inc. v. Dalponte, 2005 WL 1635445 at *1 (D. Colo. July 12, 2005) (slip op.). Even if plaintiff's complaint itself contained a It is also pellucid that federal diversity jurisdiction does not exist either, as both parties are c itiz e n s of Colorado. 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 1:06-cv-01073-REB Document 7 Filed 06/16/2006 Page 2 of 2 federal question, which it clearly does not, plaintiff would have waived any right to remove by failing to effectuate his removal within 30 days of the filing of the complaint in September, 2002. See 28 U.S.C. 1446(b). THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED as follows: 1. That plaintiff's Motion to Remand to State Court and Request for Expidited [sic] Ruling [#4], filed June 13, 2006, is GRANTED; and 2. That this case is REMANDED to the state district court of Lincoln County, Colorado, Case No. 02CV40. Dated June 16, 2006, at Denver, Colorado. BY THE COURT: s/ Robert E. Blackburn Robert E. Blackburn United States District Judge 2

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