Sigler et al v. Scalise Realty at North Beach LLC et al
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiffs' motions to dismiss and to remand (ECF No. 19 ) are GRANTED. Plaintiffs' RICO claims are hereby DISMISSED with prejudice. All remaining claims (Plaintiffs' ILSFDA claims and state law claims) are hereby REMANDED to the Court of Common Pleas for Horry County, South Carolina. Signed by The Honorable R Bryan Harwell on 5/22/2014. (hcic, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Harold Seigler and Jan L. Seigler,
individually and on behalf of North
Beach Plantation Single Family
Homeowners Association, Inc.,
Scalise Realty at North Beach, LLC, )
Sam L. Scalise, Matt C. Scalise,
Kevin Talbert, North Beach Master )
Association, Inc., and Ally Property )
Civil Action No.: 4:14-cv-01080-RBH
Plaintiffs filed a complaint in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas for Horry County.
Among several claims arising under South Carolina law, Plaintiffs allege violations of the Interstate
Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1701–1720 (“ILSFDA”) and the Racketeer Influenced
and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961–1968 (“RICO”). It was on the basis of these
two federal causes of actions that Defendants removed this action to this Court. Now before the
Court are Plaintiffs’ motions to dismiss their RICO claims with prejudice and to remand their
remaining state law claims back to state court.1 ECF No. 19. For the following reasons, the Court
grants Plaintiffs’ motion.2
In a May 7, 2014 text order, the Court found 28 U.S.C. § 1441(c)(2) required the Court to sever
Plaintiffs’ ILSFDA claims and remand them back to state court. See ECF No. 18. The Court,
however, held the remand of the ILSFDA claims in abeyance pending Plaintiffs’ decision about
how to proceed with their RICO claims.
Under Local Civil Rule 7.08 (D.S.C.), “hearings on motions may be ordered by the Court in its
discretion. Unless so ordered, motions may be determined without a hearing.” The Court finds a
hearing is not necessary.
First, Plaintiffs move to dismiss their RICO claims with prejudice. In their response,
Defendants “accept” Plaintiffs’ voluntary dismissal of the RICO claims. Accordingly, the Court
finds dismissal of Plaintiffs’ RICO claims to be appropriate. See, e.g., C-Tech Corp. v. Aversion
Techs., No. DKC 11-0983, 2012 WL 3962508, *2–3 (D. Md. Sept. 7, 2012) (finding that a
plaintiff’s motion to dismiss its claims with prejudice should be granted because it cannot be
appealed by the plaintiff, serves as an adjudication on the merits, and does not unduly prejudice the
defendant); 9 Charles A. Wright & Arthur R. Miller § 2367 (3d ed. 2008) (“If the plaintiff moves
for an order under Rule 41(a)(2) for voluntary dismissal, specifically requesting that the dismissal
be with prejudice, it has been held that the district court must grant that request.”).
Second, Plaintiffs move to remand their remaining state claims. As noted in a previous
order, Defendants had properly removed Plaintiffs’ claims to this Court. See Text Order, ECF No.
18. Now that Plaintiffs’ RICO claims are dismissed, the Court no longer has original jurisdiction
over any of Plaintiffs’ claims. Defendants object to Plaintiffs’ motion to remand, pointing out that
it is within the Court’s discretion to remand claims under 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c). Indeed, a Court
“may decline to exercise supplemental jurisdiction” over claims not within its original jurisdiction.
28 U.S.C. § 1367(c) (emphasis added). However, subsection 1367(c) provides the following bases
for declining to exercise supplemental jurisdiction: (1) if “the claim raises a novel or complex issue
of State law,” (2) if “the claim substantially predominates over the claim or claims over which the
district court has original jurisdiction,” (3) if “the district court has dismissed all claims over which
it has original jurisdiction,” or (4) if “in exceptional circumstances, there are other compelling
reasons for declining jurisdiction.” Without the RICO claims, the Court finds remand under
subsection 1367(c)(3) to be appropriate. See Hinson v. Nw. Fin. S.C., Inc., 239 F.3d 611, 617 (4th
Cir. 2001) (“[U]nder the authority of 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c), . . . a district court has inherent power to
dismiss the case or, in cases removed from State court, to remand.”).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ motions to dismiss and to remand (ECF
No. 19) are GRANTED. Plaintiffs’ RICO claims are hereby DISMISSED with prejudice. All
remaining claims (Plaintiffs’ ILSFDA claims and state law claims) are hereby REMANDED to the
Court of Common Pleas for Horry County, South Carolina.3 A certified copy of this order shall be
mailed by the Clerk of this Court to the Clerk of Court for the Court of Common Pleas for Horry
County, South Carolina.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ R. Bryan Harwell
R. Bryan Harwell
United States District Judge
May 22, 2014
Florence, South Carolina
For the reasons expressed in the Court’s May 7, 2014 text order, Plaintiffs’ motion to remand filed
on March 30, 2014 (ECF No. 6) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART.
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