Husain v. Betts et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs complaint is DISMISSED for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. See Fed.R.Civ.P.12(h)(3). A separate Order of Dismissal will accompany this Memorandum and Order. Signed by District Judge Jean C. Hamilton on 9/8/17. (JAB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
DAWUD AMEEN HUSAIN,
VERNON BETTS, et al.,
No. 4:17-CV-1841 JCH
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Before the Court is plaintiff’s complaint, filed pro se and in forma pauperis. On July 31,
2017, plaintiff was directed to show cause as to why this matter should not be dismissed for lack
of subject matter jurisdiction. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3). Plaintiff has failed to respond to the
Court’s Order, and his time for doing so has passed.
In his complaint, plaintiff alleges that he owns the property located at 3738 Maffitt
Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. He says that Vernon Betts, the Sheriff of the City of St. Louis, as
well as Joseph Neil, Attorney to the Sheriff, and Laina Favazza and Ken Jennings, Deputy
Sheriffs, engaged in the sale of his property as a result of delinquent property taxes plaintiff
owed to the St. Louis Collector of Revenue, Gregory F.X. Daly. He claims that defendants
“trespassed” when they sold his property without his permission.
Plaintiff has failed to allege a federal cause of action for jurisdiction in this lawsuit, and
his only claim is a state law claim of trespassing. In his financial affidavit, he states that his
house is worth approximately $12,000. Because this case does not arise under the Constitution,
laws, or treaties of the United States, and plaintiff and defendants reside in the same state and the
amount in controversy does not exceed $75,000, the matter is subject to dismissal for lack of
subject matter jurisdiction.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s complaint is DISMISSED for lack of
subject matter jurisdiction. See Fed.R.Civ.P.12(h)(3).
A separate Order of Dismissal will accompany this Memorandum and Order.
day of September, 2017.
\s\ Jean C. Hamilton
JEAN C. HAMILTON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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