Pinetree Financial Partners FF, Ltd. v. Kereszt

Filing 2

ORDER re: 1 Notice of Removal. Case is remanded back to Denver County Court. Civil Case Terminated. Signed by Judge John L. Kane on 12/19/06. (jjh, )

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Pinetree Financial Partners FF, Ltd. v. Kereszt Doc. 2 Case 1:06-cv-02534-JLK Document 2 Filed 12/19/2006 Page 1 of 2 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 06-cv-02534-JLK-PAC PINETREE FINANCIAL PARTNERS FF, Ltd., Plaint iff, v. JOSEPH F. KERESZT, Defendant. ______________________________________________________________________________ ORDER REMANDING CASE TO STATE COURT ______________________________________________________________________________ KANE, J. This matter is before me on a Notice of Removal filed by pro se Defendant Joseph F. Kereszt. Defendant seeks to remove Plaintiff' foreclosure action against him from Denver s County Court to federal court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1441(a). Mr. Kereszt asserts the foreclosure action implicates his rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution as they pertain to the taking of real property without due process. The Notice is defective in that it fails to state whether it satisfies the thirty-day filing requirement of 28 U.S.C. 1446(b), (c) and does not include a copy of all process, pleading, and orders served upon the Defendant up to the time of removal as required under 28 U.S.C. 1446(a). To be removable, a civil action must satisfy the requirements for federal jurisdiction. 28 U.S.C. 1441(a). "T]here is a presumption against removal jurisdiction,"Laughlin v. Kmart [ Corp., 50 F.3d 871, 873 (10th Cir. 1995), so that all doubts are resolved in favor of remand. Fajen v. Foundation Reserve Ins. Co., 683 F.2d 331, 333 (10th Cir. 1982). It is the obligation of 1 Case 1:06-cv-02534-JLK Document 2 Filed 12/19/2006 Page 2 of 2 the removing defendant to establish that the jurisdictional prerequisites for removal are met. See Huffman v. Saul Holdings Limited Partnership, 194 F.3d 1072, 1079 (10th Cir. 1999) (applying principle in diversity jurisdiction case)(citing Laughlin at 873). Because the court is unable to determine from the face of the Notice whether the Notice is timely and whether federal jurisdiction, in fact, exists, the Notice must be deemed DEFECTIVE and the matter REMANDED back to Denver County Court. Dated December 19, 2006. s/John L. Kane SENIOR U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE 2

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