TsidQenu v. Traylor Chateau L.L.C.
OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.An Order of Dismissal will accompany this Memorandum and Order. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 1/22/18. (CLA)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
ELIJAH DAVID TSIDQENU,
TRAYLOR CHATEAU L.L.C.,
No. 4:17CV2599 HEA
OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on review of the file after plaintiff’s filing of a response to
the Court’s Show Cause Order dated October 19, 2017. For the following reasons, the Court will
dismiss this action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
On October 19, 2017, the Court issued a Show Cause Order directing plaintiff to show
cause why this case should not be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. See ECF No.
4. The Court noted that plaintiff’s case was brought under a Missouri statute, and stated no basis
for relief under federal law. Additionally, the parties were not diverse, and plaintiff’s damages in
the complaint were calculated to be $50,000, which is less than the jurisdictional amount. See 28
U.S.C. § 1332(a).
In response, plaintiff filed a memorandum stating: “I’d like to enter a motion that to seek
damages in the amount of $100,000 as it is befitting for the subject matter jurisdiction exceeding
$75,000 under U.S.C. § 1332.” See ECF No. 10.
Regardless of the amount in controversy, however, to exercise diversity jurisdiction,
plaintiff and defendant would have to be citizens of different states. See 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)(1).
Here, the Court noted in its Show Cause Order that plaintiff and defendant appeared to both be
citizens of Missouri. Plaintiff has not disputed this assertion. In fact, the Civil Cover Sheet
filled out by plaintiff indicates both plaintiff and defendant reside in St. Louis County.
The Court finds that it does not have original jurisdiction over this civil action, as the
action does not arise under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States, and the parties
are citizens of the same state. As a result, the Court will dismiss plaintiff’s claim for lack of
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this action is DISMISSED for lack of subject matter
An Order of Dismissal will accompany this Memorandum and Order.
Dated this 22nd day of January, 2018
HENRY EDWARD AUTREY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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