Bade v. Hundred Circle Farm et al
OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff shall show cause, in writing and no later than twenty-one (21) days from the date of this Memorandum and Order, why this action should not be dismissed for want of subject matter jurisdiction. Show Cause Response due by 6/30/2014. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 06/09/2014. (CLK)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JAMIE G. BADE,
HUNDRED CIRCLE FARM, et al.,
No. 4:14CV1040 NAB
OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on plaintiff’s complaint for violations of state law and
motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. The motion for leave to proceed in forma
pauperis is granted.
Plaintiff alleges that in July 2007 he ordered a meal from McDonald’s. He claims there
was a puppy’s tooth in the fries and that he injured his teeth and mouth when he bit down on it.
Named as defendants are Hundred Circle Farm, Con Agra Foods, Inc., Gateway Distribution,
McDonald’s Corporation, Michael T. Klak, Deborah T. Klak, and McDonald’s of Washington.
At the outset of any case, it is imperative that the Court determine whether it has
jurisdiction to hear it. Title 28 U.S.C. § 1332 gives federal courts jurisdiction over state law
claims where the parties are diverse and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.
Plaintiff is a resident of Missouri.
Plaintiff alleges that defendants McDonald’s
Corporation, Michael Klak, and Deborah Klak also reside in Missouri. As a result, the parties
are not diverse, and it appears that the Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction.
Because plaintiff is pro se, the Court will order him to show cause why this action should
not be dismissed for want of subject matter jurisdiction.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff shall show cause, in writing and no later than
twenty-one (21) days from the date of this Memorandum and Order, why this action should not
be dismissed for want of subject matter jurisdiction.
Dated this 9th day of June, 2014.
HENRY EDWARD AUTREY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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