BRAUN v. STATE OF MONTANA et al
MEMORANDUM AND OPINION. Signed by Judge Ellen S. Huvelle on April 16, 2013. (AG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
DAVID STEVEN BRAUN,
STATE OF MONTANA, et al.,
Civil Action No. 13-0090 (ESH)
Plaintiff David Steven Braun, proceeding pro se, has filed a complaint against the State
of Montana, Verizon Wireless, Google, Inc., JP Morgan, Facebook, Rotary International, and
Gallatin County. (Compl., Apr. 2, 2013 [ECF No. 1].) The complaint is virtually identical to the
complaint plaintiff filed in another case, which the Court dismissed for lack of subject matter
jurisdiction. See Braun v. State of Montana, No. 13cv0090 (D.D.C. Jan. 25, 2013). As the
Court explained in that case:
The subject matter jurisdiction of the federal district courts is limited and is set
forth generally at 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1332. Under those statutes, federal
jurisdiction is available only when a “federal question” is presented or the parties
are of diverse citizenship and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000. A
party seeking relief in the district court must at least plead facts that bring the suit
within the court’s jurisdiction. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a).
A district court may dismiss a complaint sua sponte prior to service on the
defendants, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(h)(3), when it is
evident that the court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction. See Evans v. Suter, No.
09-5242, 2010 WL 1632902 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 2, 2010) (citing Hurt v. U.S. Court of
Appeals for the D.C. Cir., No. 07-5019, 2008 WL 441786 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 24,
2008); Scholastic Entertainment, Inc. v. Fox Entertainment Group, Inc., 326 F.3d
982, 985 (9th Cir. 2003); Zernial v. United States, 714 F.2d 431, 433-34 (5th Cir.
Such is the case with plaintiff’s complaint. Plaintiff is a resident of Big Sky,
Montana. His complaint consists of a long list of alleged injuries, ranging from
electronic and physical surveillance, improper use of personal information online, credit card fraud, his inability to carry a concealed weapon, mistreatment by
the Montana Medical review board, improper use of personal information,
spreading of inaccurate rumors, denial of access to medical treatment, and denial
of access to law enforcement, but no specific legal claims. (Compl. at 1-5.)
Assuming without deciding that plaintiff has viable legal claims against
defendants, the allegations in the complaint do not present a federal question nor
bring this case within the Court's diversity jurisdiction.
Accordingly, the Court will dismiss this case sua sponte pursuant to Rule 12(h)(3)
of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
Id. For the same reasons, the Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction in the present case.
Accordingly, plaitniff’s complaint will be dismissed for lack of subject matter
jurisdiction. An Order consistent with this Memorandum Opinion will be issued separately.
ELLEN SEGAL HUVELLE
United States District Judge
DATE: April 16, 2013
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