Atwater et al v. Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association
ORDER Requiring Plaintiffs to File an Amended Complaint, (Responses due by 12/12/2012). Signed by District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith. (Goltz, D)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CHARLES and JODETTE ATWATER,
Civil Action No.
HON. MARK A. GOLDSMITH
THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON
TRUSY COMPANY, N.A., et al.,
ORDER REQUIRING PLAINTIFFS TO FILE AN AMENDED COMPLAINT
This matter is presently before the Court on the Court’s own review of the complaint,
which was filed on December 5, 2012. The sole purported basis for jurisdiction is federal
question. Early in the complaint, Plaintiff states that the lawsuit is brought under the Real Estate
Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (RESPA), 12 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq., the Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq., and the Truth in Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1601
et seq. Compl. ¶ 4. However, these statutory schemes, which purportedly provide the basis for
federal court jurisdiction, are not mentioned again anywhere in the ensuing 18 pages of the
complaint. In particular, although the complaint contains several counts, it does not appear that
any of them are brought under – or even relate to – federal law. Within seven days of today’s
date, Plaintiff shall filed an amended complaint clarifying the exact law under which each count in
the complaint is brought. Failure to comply timely with this order will result in the dismissal of
the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3).
Dated: December 5, 2012
s/Mark A. Goldsmith
MARK A. GOLDSMITH
United States District Judge
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was served upon counsel of record
and any unrepresented parties via the Court's ECF System to their respective email or First Class
U.S. mail addresses disclosed on the Notice of Electronic Filing on December 5, 2012.
s/Deborah J. Goltz
DEBORAH J. GOLTZ
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