Jordan v. Texas Office of Attorney General
ORDER OF DISMISSAL for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Case terminated on 9/8/2017.(Signed by Judge Gray H Miller) Parties notified.(rkonieczny, 4)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
BRAD TERRENCE JORDAN,
TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL,
CIVIL ACTION H-17-2685
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
On September 6, 2017 plaintiff Brad Terrence Jordan filed this civil action, denominated as
a “Notice Demand to Vacate Support Order Federal Rule 60(B)(4) Demand Judicial Review.” Dkt.
1. In the document, Jordan complains that a state court entered a child support order against him
without due process of law and the state court judge had a pecuniary interest in the outcome of his
case because the State of Texas received federal funds for the establishment of child support
enforcement. Id. Jordan seeks redress under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) to vacate the
child support order. Id.
At any point in the case when the court recognizes, on its own or on motion of a party, that
it does not have subject matter jurisdiction over a plaintiff’s claims, the action must be dismissed.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3). The burden of establishing subject matter jurisdiction rests with the one
asserting jurisdiction. Kokkonen v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of Am., 511 U.S. 375, 377, 114 S. Ct.
1673 (1994). A decision regarding subject matter jurisdiction may be based on the complaint,
undisputed facts, and/or disputed facts resolved by the court, as long as the jurisdictional issue is not
dependent on the resolution of disputed facts that go to the merits of the plaintiff’s claims. Barrera-
Montenegro v. United States, 74 F.3d 657, 659 (5th Cir. 1996); Clark v. Tarrant County, Tex., 798
F.2d 736, 741–42 (5th Cir. 1986).
A federal district court does not have jurisdiction to entertain collateral attacks on final
judgments of a state court. See D.C. Court of Appeals v. Feldman, 460 U.S. 462, 482, 103 S. Ct.
1303 (1983); Rooker v. Fid. Trust Co., 263 U.S. 413, 415, 44 S. Ct. 149 (1923); Liedtke v. State Bar
of Tex., 18 F.3d 315, 317 (5th Cir. 1994). State courts provide the forum for challenging the
correctness of the judgment or the constitutionality of the proceedings. Liedtke, 18 F.3d at 317.
Recourse at the federal level is limited to an application for a writ of certiorari to the United States
Supreme Court following exhaustion of the state court system of review. Hale v. Harney, 786 F.2d
688, 691 (5th Cir. 1986).
Even constitutional claims, if they are “inextricably intertwined” with the state court’s
decision, fall outside the federal district court’s jurisdiction. Feldman, 460 U.S. at 482 n.16;
Musselwhite v. State Bar of Tex., 32 F.3d 942, 946 (5th Cir. 1994); Reed v. Terrell, 759 F.2d 472,
473–74 (5th Cir. 1985). A litigant may not obtain review of a state court action by filing a complaint
in a federal court cast in the form of a civil rights action. Hale, 786 F.2d at 690–91.
A review of Jordan’s “Notice Demand” and his request for relief reveal that the suit is
“inextricably intertwined” with the state court’s unfavorable child support order, as he seeks to
vacate that order. See Dkt. 1. Jordan asks the court to decide whether the state court’s order is void.
See id. Merely framing the complaint in terms of a civil rights violation does not vest this court with
the jurisdictional authority to entertain the action. See Hale, 786 F.2d at 690–91.
This action is therefore DISMISSED for want of subject matter jurisdiction.
Signed at Houston, Texas on September 8, 2017.
Gray H. Miller
United States District Judge
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