Weeks v. City of Lebanon, Tennessee et al
ORDER: Plaintiff's Motion to Remand to State Court 4 is Granted, and this case is hereby Remanded to the Chancery Court for Wilson County, Tennessee. Signed by District Judge Kevin H. Sharp on 7/21/11. (dt)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
WILLIAM WEEKS, a/d/a BILLY WEEKS,
CITY OF LEBANON, TENNESSEE, et al.,
This action was removed from state court because the Complaint contained allegations that
Defendants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq. , in relation to
Plaintiff’s compensation. Subsequently, and with leave of the Court, Plaintiff filed an Amended
Complaint (Docket No. 10) which eliminated any claim under the FLSA. Plaintiff also filed a
Motion to Remand (Docket No. 4), which Defendants do not oppose. (Docket No. 5 at 1). The
parties contend that, with the dropping of the FLSA claim, “[t]his Court no longer has jurisdiction
over this action, and the matter should be remanded.” (Docket No. 7 at 1).
“‘The existence of subject matter jurisdiction is determined by examining the complaint as
it existed at the time of removal[.]’” Packard v. Farmers Ins. Co., 2011 WL 1885981 at *3 (6th Cir.
2011) (quoting, Harper v. AutoAlliance Int’l Inc., 392 F.3d 195, 210 (6th Cir. 2004)). Thus, where
a complaint is amended after removal to dismiss the federal claim, the Court still has jurisdiction
over the action. Id. Nevertheless, “when all federal claims have been dismissed before trial, the best
course is to remand the state law claims to the state court from which the case was removed.”
Thurman v. DaimlerChrysler, Inc., 397 F.3d 352, 359 (6th Cir. 2004). Accordingly, Plaintiff’s
Motion to Remand (Docket No. 4) is hereby GRANTED, and this case is hereby REMANDED to
the Chancery Court for Wilson County, Tennessee.
It is SO ORDERED.
KEVIN H. SHARP
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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