KOORSEN et al v. TARTER REALITY & APPRAISALS et al
ENTRY Directing Entry of Final Judgment - This Court lacks jurisdiction to decide the claims presented and final judgment dismissing this civil action shall now issue. (See Entry.) Copy to Plaintiff via U.S. Mail. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 3/28/2017.(JLS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
JAMES A. KOORSEN, JR.,
TARTER REALITY & APPRAISALS,
Entry Directing Entry of Final Judgment
This action is dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The Entry of February 16,
2017, screened the complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e) and held that this Court does not
have jurisdiction to decide the issues presented. The plaintiff was given a period of time in which
to show cause why Judgment consistent with that Entry should not issue.
In response, plaintiff James A. Koorsen, Jr., states that he filed this action in the Southern
District of Indiana because he has been trying to settle the claim for over two years and has filed a
civil action in the Wayne County Courts without success.
Unfortunately for Mr. Koorsen, his alleged inability to obtain the relief he seeks in state
court does not create a federal cause of action for this Court to address. “When a court finds that
it lacks jurisdiction, it is improper for it to proceed to the merits of the issue.” United States v.
Rachuy, 743 F.3d 205, 211 (7th Cir. 2014). “Jurisdiction is the power to declare the law, and when
it ceases to exist, the only function remaining to the court is that of announcing the fact and
dismissing the cause.” Steele Co. v. Citizens for a Better Environment, 523 U.S. 83, 94 (1998)
(internal quotation omitted).
That is the case here. This Court lacks jurisdiction to decide the claims presented and final
judgment dismissing this civil action shall now issue.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
JAMES A. KOORSEN, JR.
1440 South 14th Street
Richmond, IN 47374
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