IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
July 17, 2007
CARL KIRCHER, ET AL., INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF ALL OTHERS SIMILARLY SITUATED, PLAINTIFFS,
PUTNAM FUNDS TRUST, A BUSINESS TRUST, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, District Judge
This matter is before the Court on the motion for remand to state court based on procedural defects in removal brought by Plaintiffs Carl Kircher and Robert Brockway (Doc. 10), Plaintiffs' motion for remand to state court for lack of federal subject matter jurisdiction (Doc. 20), the motion for judgment on the pleadings brought by Defendants Putnam Funds Trust, Putnam Investment Management, LLC, Evergreen International Trust, and Evergreen Investment Management Co., LLC (Doc. 12), and Defendants' motion for oral argument on Plaintiffs' motion for remand based on procedural defects in removal (Doc. 18). On May 24, 2007, the Court stayed these proceedings pending resolution of appeals from orders granting remand entered in Dudley v. Putnam Investment Funds, Case No. 06-cv-940-GPM (S.D. Ill. filed Nov. 14, 2006), and Potter v. Janus Investment Fund, Case No. 06-cv-929-DRH, Case No. 06-cv-997-DRH (S.D. Ill. filed Nov. 13, 2006), and from an order of dismissal in Spurgeon v. Pacific Life Insurance Co., Case No. 06-cv-983-MJR, Case No. 06-cv-925-MJR (S.D. Ill. filed Nov. 28, 2006). See Kircher v. Putnam Funds Trust, Nos. 06-cv-939-DRH, 06-cv-1001-DRH, 2007 WL 1532116 (S.D. Ill. May 24, 2007). Those appeals now have been resolved. See In re Mutual Fund Market-Timing Litig., Nos. 07-1695, 07-2244, 07-2053, 07-2142, 2007 WL 2012390 (7th Cir. July 13, 2007). Accordingly, the stay is LIFTED. Having reviewed the record carefully, the Court concludes that oral argument will not be helpful in resolving Plaintiffs' request for remand, and therefore Defendants' motion for oral argument (Doc. 18) is DENIED. Plaintiffs' motion for remand based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction (Doc. 20) is DENIED. See Potter v. Janus Inv. Fund, 483 F. Supp. 2d 692, 695-703 (S.D. Ill. 2007). Plaintiffs' motion for remand based on procedural defects in removal (Doc. 10) is GRANTED. See Dudley v. Putnam Inv. Funds, 472 F. Supp. 2d 1102, 1107-13 (S.D. Ill. 2007). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c) this matter is REMANDED to the Circuit Court of the Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois, by reason of untimeliness of removal. Defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings (Doc. 12) is DENIED as moot.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
David R Herndon United States District Judge
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