Pruiett et al v. Murphy et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioners' Motion to Remand (Doc. # 7) be and it is granted. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the instant cause of action is remanded to the Circuit Court of Dunklin County, Missouri, for further proce edings. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court for the Eastern District of Missouri provide the Clerk of Court for the Circuit Court of Dunklin County, Missouri a certified copy of this Memorandum and Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Abbie Crites-Leoni on 1/16/2015. (certified copy to Circuit Court of Dunklin County)(JMC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
THE ESTATE OF BOBBY SUE LAWSON,
By SHERRY C. PRUIETT and
PAMELA A. HALE,
Co-Guardians and Conservators,
JOHN MURPHPY and
Case No. 1:14CV00178 ACL
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Petitioners’ Motion for Remand to State Court.
(Doc. # 7.) This case has been assigned to the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge
pursuant to the Civil Justice Reform Act and is being heard by consent of the parties. See 28
U.S.C. ' 636(c).
Petitioners originally filed this unlawful detainer action in the Circuit Court of Dunklin
County, Missouri. Respondents filed an Answer and Counterclaim. On December 8, 2014,
Respondents removed the lawsuit to this court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction. (Doc. # 1.)
Respondents allege in their Notice of Removal that Petitioners are residents of Texas while
Respondents are Missouri residents. (Id.) Respondents further allege that the amount in
controversy requirement is met by their counterclaim against Petitioners. (Id.)
On December 17, 2014, Petitioners filed their Motion to Remand. (Doc. # 7.) Petitioners
argue that Respondents have improperly removed this action for at least four individually
sufficient reasons: (1) there is no diversity of citizenship; (2) Respondents are in-state respondents;
(3) the amount in controversy requirement has not been met; and (4) Federal Courts do not hear
“summary” actions such as this unlawful detainer claim. Petitioners have also filed a Motion to
Dismiss Counterclaim and to Strike Answer and Affirmative Defenses. (Doc. # 9.)
On January 14, 2015, the parties filed an Agreed Order to Remand, in which they state that
they agree to the remand of this matter to the Circuit Court of Dunklin County, Missouri.
(Doc. # 12.) Petitioners subsequently filed “Plaintiffs’ Consent to Remand,” in which they state
they consent to the remand of this action to the Circuit Court of Dunklin County, Missouri.
(Doc. # 13.)
Respondents, as the party seeking removal and opposing remand, have the burden of
establishing federal subject matter jurisdiction. Cent. Iowa Power Coop. v. Midwest Indep.
Transmission Sys. Operator, 561 F.3d 904, 912 (8th Cir. 2009); In re Business Men=s Assurance
Co., 992 F.2d 181, 183 (8th Cir. 1993).
Respondents have not attempted to meet their burden to establish federal subject matter
jurisdiction, and have instead consented to the remand of this matter to state court.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioners’ Motion to Remand (Doc. # 7) be and it is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the instant cause of action is remanded to the Circuit
Court of Dunklin County, Missouri, for further proceedings.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
provide the Clerk of Court for the Circuit Court of Dunklin County, Missouri a certified copy of
this Memorandum and Order.
Dated this 16th day of January 2015.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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