Laul v. Los Alamos National Security, LLC
ORDER to Cure Defects by Magistrate Judge William P. Lynch. Cure Defects by 12/28/2016. (mej)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
JAGDISH C. LAUL,
CV 16-1386 SCY/WPL
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL
ORDER TO CURE DEFECTS
On December 21, 2016, Defendant Los Alamos National Security, LLC (“LANS”), filed
a Notice of Removal asserting that this Court has original jurisdiction over the case pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 1331 “in that the cause arises out of a breach of contract action in which federal
common law has been decided as the choice of law between the parties.” (Doc. 1.) A review of
the Complaint shows that Plaintiff Jadgish Laul brought claims for breach of contract and for
violations of the New Mexico Human Rights Act. (Doc. 1 Ex. 2.) Further, Laul asserts that he is
a resident of New Mexico and that LANS is a New Mexico corporation. (Id.) LANS does not
dispute these facts in its Notice of Removal.
The federal statute providing for the removal of cases from state to federal court was
intended to restrict rather than enlarge removal rights. Greenshields v. Warren Petro. Corp., 248
F.2d 61, 65 (10th Cir. 1957). Federal courts, therefore, are to strictly construe the removal
statutes and resolve all doubts against removal. Fajen v. Found. Reserve Ins. Co., 683 F.2d 331,
333 (10th Cir. 1982). The removing party bears the burden of establishing the requirements for
federal jurisdiction. Martin v. Franklin Capital Corp., 251 F.3d 1284, 1290 (10th Cir. 2001).
Having considered the Notice of Removal, the record, and the applicable law, and being
otherwise fully advised in the matter, I conclude that the Notice fails to establish the subject
matter jurisdiction of this Court. Specifically, the Notice fails to allege how the civil action arises
“under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States,” or to cite any authority suggesting
that the parties can stipulate to federal jurisdiction merely by contracting for federal common law
to govern disputes. 28 U.S.C. § 1331. LANS will file an amended notice of removal no later than
December 28, 2016, if the necessary jurisdictional facts can be alleged in compliance with Rule
11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
William P. Lynch
United States Magistrate Judge
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on the date of entry--via mail or electronic
means--to counsel of record and any pro se
party as they are shown on the Court’s docket.
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