Greene v. Asurion Insurance Services
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER ADOPTING 5 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION - the court adopts and affirms Magistrate Judge Wells' Report andRecommendation with respect to the jurisdictional issue. The court declines to find Plaintiff a vexatious litigant in an order merely determining that the court lacks jurisdiction. This case is DISMISSED for lack of jurisdiction. Signed by Judge Dale A. Kimball on 8/1/17. (dla)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
AND ORDER ADOPTING REPORT
ASURION INSURANCE SERVICES,
Case No. 2:17CV623DAK
Judge Dale A. Kimball
This case was assigned to United States District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball, who then
referred it to United States Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells under 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B).
On June 29, 2017, Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells issued a Report and Recommendation,
recommending that Plaintiffs’ case be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction and that Plaintiff have
filing restrictions placed on him. The Report and Recommendation notified Plaintiff that any
objection to the Report and Recommendation was required to be filed within fourteen days of
receiving it. Plaintiff sought an extension of time to file an objection and filed an objection on
July 21, 2017.
A Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation is subject to de novo review by this
court. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B); see also Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b). The court has reviewed the
record de novo and agrees with Magistrate Judge Wells’ recommendation to dismiss the case for
lack of jurisdiction. Because the Complaint does not present a federal question or establish
diversity jurisdiction, the case must be filed in state court. Unlike federal court, which has
limited jurisdiction, state courts have general jurisdiction.
Plaintiff’s objection states that he is asking the court to transfer the action to a lower level
court within the state of Utah that can handle the matter. However, there are only limited
situations in which a federal court can send a case to the state court, and this is not such a case.
A federal court can remand an action to the state court when the action was improperly removed
from state court to federal court, but the federal court cannot transfer a case to state court that
was filed originally in federal court.
The Report and Recommendation also recommends that restrictions be placed on
Plaintiff’s ability to file new actions in this court. As detailed more fully in the Report and
Recommendation, in the past year, Plaintiff has filed twelve cases in this court and seven of those
have lacked jurisdiction. Despite his numerous filings, the court declines to find Plaintiff a
vexatious litigant in an order merely determining that the court lacks jurisdiction. The court has
not reviewed the merits of the dispute.
Accordingly, the court adopts and affirms Magistrate Judge Wells’ Report and
Recommendation with respect to the jurisdictional issue. This case is DISMISSED for lack of
DATED this 1st day of August, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
DALE A. KIMBALL
United States District Judge
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