Vardon v. TD Ameritrade
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Plaintiff's Complaint (filing no. 1 ) is dismissed without prejudice because this court lacks subject matter jurisdiction. Ordered by Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (Copy mailed to pro se party) (TEL)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
JAMES M. VARDON,
This matter is before the court on its own motion. On April 4, 2012, the court
conducted an initial review and entered a Memorandum and Order stating its concerns
regarding whether subject matter jurisdiction in this court is proper. (Filing No. 7.)
The court permitted Plaintiff the opportunity “to file sufficient evidence with the court
showing that the amount in controversy is greater than $75,000.00, the jurisdictional
amount.” (Id. at CM/ECF p. 3.) On April 17, 2012, Plaintiff filed a Response to the
court’s April 4, 2012, Memorandum and Order. (Filing No. 8.)
In his Complaint, the only specific reference to damages is an allegation that
Plaintiff’s loss is “around $100,000,” which he calculated himself. (Filing No. 1 at
CM/ECF p. 4.) In his Response, Plaintiff states that he does not know “the exact
amount invested” and lost by Defendant, but that it is “possibly $150,000 or more.”
(Filing No. 8 at CM/ECF p. 2.) Thus, it is “reasonable” that his damages are in excess
of the jurisdictional amount. (Id.) However, Plaintiff did not submit any factual
support for this claim, or any evidence, relating to the amount in controversy
requirement. As with his Complaint, Plaintiff’s claims in his Response relating to the
jurisdictional amount are nothing more than unsupported guesses. Thus, there is
nothing in Plaintiff’s Response showing that “the amount alleged is legitimate.”
Trimble v. Asarco, Inc., 232 F.3d 946, 959-60 (8th Cir. 2000) (quotation omitted)
(abrogated on other grounds by Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Allapattah Servs., Inc., 545
U.S. 546 (2005)). The court gave Plaintiff the opportunity to show that subject matter
jurisdiction in this court is proper, but Plaintiff has not done so. For these reasons,
and for the reasons set forth in the court’s April 4, 2012, Memorandum and Order, this
matter is dismissed.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
Plaintiff’s Complaint (filing no. 1) is dismissed without prejudice
because this court lacks subject matter jurisdiction.
A separate judgment will be entered in accordance with this
Memorandum and Order.
DATED this 24th day of July, 2012.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Joseph F. Bataillon
United States District Judge
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