Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Farkas
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff shall have FOURTEEN (14) DAYS from the entry of this ORDER to file an Amended Response including any materials relevant to its allegations of jurisdictional fact. Signed by Judge Mark Lane. (dm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
Before the court are the Motion to Dismiss filed by Defendant, Janos Farkos, [Dkt. #13],
the Response in opposition thereto filed by Plaintiff, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. [Dkt #14], and the
Reply filed by Farkos [#15].
Farkos, appearing pro se, argues in his motion to dismiss that
Wells Fargo’s Second Amended Complaint is defective in that it alleges diversity of citizenship,
but does not prove diversity by the attachment of competent evidence. Mot. Dism. [Dkt. #13] at
3-4. Farkos “specifically denies that Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is a national bank with its main
office in South Carolina.” Id. at 3.
In its Response to the Motion to Dismiss, Wells Fargo has inexplicably elected to stand
on its pleadings rather than adduce affidavit or other record evidence establishing its alleged nonTexas citizenship. See generally Response [Dkt. #14]. While a court examining subject matter
jurisdiction may determine that diversity is apparent from the pleadings alone, “when a defendant
makes a factual attack, ‘no presumptive truthfulness attaches to plaintiff’s allegations.’” Eagle
TX I SPE, L.L.C. v. Sharif & Munir Enters., 602 F. App’x 576, 578 (5th Cir. 2015) (quoting
All pending nondispositive motions in the above-styled cause have been referred to the undersigned by United
States District Judge, Lee Yeakel, for resolution pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A), Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 72, and Rule 1(c) of Appendix C of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Western
District of Texas. Likewise, all dispositive motions have been referred to the undersigned for a Report and
Recommendation as to the merits pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b), Rule 72 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,
and Rule 1(d) of Appendix C of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Western District of
Williamson v. Tucker, 645 F.2d 404, 413 (5th Cir. 1981)). When an attack on subject matter
jurisdiction challenges the facts on which jurisdiction depends, “matters outside of the pleadings,
such as affidavits and testimony, are considered.” Sierra Club v. Energy Future Holdings Corp.,
921 F. Supp. 2d 674, 678 (W.D. Tex. 2013) (citing Oaxaca v. Roscoe, 641 F.2d 386, 391 (5th
At present, the jurisdictional allegations before the court are not substantiated by
evidence other than Wells Fargo’s bare assertion, nor are they undermined by anything more
substantial than Farkos’ bare denial.
The Magistrate Court finds this is not a sufficient
evidentiary record to analyze the factual challenge to federal subject matter jurisdiction, and
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff shall have FOURTEEN (14) DAYS from the entry of this
ORDER to file an Amended Response including any materials relevant to its allegations of
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant shall have SEVEN (7) days from the filing
of Plaintiff’s Amended Response to file an Amended Reply addressing any new evidence or
argument adduced by Plaintiffs in support of their jurisdictional allegations.
SIGNED October 1, 2015
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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