Robert G Montgomery Family Trust v. Tesla Motors Inc
NOTICE OF REMOVAL by Tesla Motors Inc from Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Case Number: 14-CV-2962 with attached state court documents. (Filing Fee PAID $400 receipt number 0757-1882651) (Attachments: #1 Exhibit A, #2 Exhibit B, #3 Exhibit C, #4 Civil Cover Sheet)(Kaplan, Benjamin)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
ROBERT G. MONTGOMERY FAMILY TRUST,
8570 S. 116th Street,
Franklin, WI 53132
Case No. __________________
TESLA MOTORS, INC.,
3500 Deer Creek Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
NOTICE OF REMOVAL
Defendant Tesla Motors, Incorporated (“Tesla”), by its attorneys, Michael Best &
Friedrich LLP, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1446, submits this Notice of Removal for
removal of this action from the Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, to the United
States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1441.
In support of its Notice of Removal, Tesla states as follows:
This civil action was filed on April 7, 2014, in the Circuit Court of Milwaukee
County, Wisconsin, as Case No. 14-CV-2962.
Plaintiff mailed a copy of the Summons and Complaint to Tesla’s registered
agent, CT Corporation System, that was received on April 14, 2014. A true and correct copy of
the received Complaint is attached hereto as Exhibit A.
This action is a civil action over which this Court has original jurisdiction under
28 U.S.C. § 1332 and is one that Tesla is entitled to remove to this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
1441(b), in that diversity of citizenship exists between Plaintiff and Tesla and the matter in
controversy exceeds $75,000. See, e.g., Ex. A, ¶¶ 4, 12.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Division is the district court of the United States for the district and division within which
Plaintiff’s original state court action was filed and is pending.
Plaintiff is a citizen of Wisconsin, residing in Franklin, Wisconsin. See Ex. A, ¶
Defendant Tesla is a company, organized and existing under the laws of the state of
Delaware. See Declaration of Philip Rothenberg, attached hereto as Exhibit B, at ¶ 2. Tesla’s
principal place of business is at 3500 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto, California, 94304. Id. at ¶ 3.
Tesla is not a citizen of Wisconsin for purposes of diversity jurisdiction. See 28 U.S.C. §
The amount in controversy herein, exclusive of interests and costs, is alleged to be
in excess of seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00). In support of this averment, Tesla notes
that the Plaintiff alleges in the Complaint that it is entitled to monetary damages of at least
$108,622.90. See Ex. A, ¶¶ 4, 5, 12; see also Ex. A, Prayer for Relief.
This Notice of Removal is being filed within thirty (30) days of the date of
Tesla’s receipt of the Complaint, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1446(b). Plaintiff sent a copy
of the Summons and Complaint to Tesla’s registered agent, CT Corporation System, 818 W.
Seventh Street, Los Angeles, California 90017 that was received on April 14, 2014, Tesla’s time
to respond to the Complaint has not yet expired, and Tesla has not yet served or filed an answer
or other pleading in response to Plaintiff’s Complaint.
In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1446(a), Tesla states that Plaintiff’s Complaint
constitutes all the process, pleadings, and orders served on Tesla in this matter. See Ex. A.
A copy of this Notice of Removal is being contemporaneously filed with the
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. §
1446(d). A copy of said notice is attached hereto as Exhibit C.
In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1446(d), Tesla has given written notice to
Plaintiff by contemporaneously serving this Notice of Removal, including all exhibits, on
Removal of this action to the United States District Court for the Eastern District
of Wisconsin does not in any manner impede or impair Tesla’s ability to assert any defense in
the action, including but not limited to defenses based upon jurisdiction and venue.
Dated this 1st day of May, 2014.
MICHAEL BEST & FRIEDRICH LLP
By: s/ Benjamin A. Kaplan
J. Donald Best, SBN 1012450
One South Pinckney Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703
S. Edward Sarskas, SBN 1025534
Benjamin A. Kaplan, SBN 1082802
100 East Wisconsin Avenue, Ste. 3300
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4108
Attorneys for Defendant Tesla Motors, Inc.
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