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First Bank v. Properties

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


December 7, 2009

FIRST BANK, PLAINTIFF/COUNTERDEFENDANT,
v.
PROPERTIES, LLC, DEFENDANT/COUNTERPLAINTIFF, AND JONATHON E. GUTHERIE, LISA M GUTHERIE, AMERICAN BOTTOMS REGIONAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY, METRO EAST SANITARY DISTRICT, THE VILLAGE OF SAUGET, ALL UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

This matter comes before the Court for case management purposes. This case originated in the Circuit Court for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, St. Clair County, Illinois. Plaintiff/counterdefendant First Bank's complaint alleges a state law claim for mortgage foreclosure. In response, defendant DJL Properties, LLC filed a class action counterclaim alleging state law causes of action under several Illinois statutes and a state law cause of action for breach of contract. Believing the class action counterclaim created original federal jurisdiction over this action under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, 28 U.S.C. § 1332(d)(2)(A), First Bank filed a notice of removal.

In light of Seventh Circuit admonitions, see, e.g., America's Best Inns, Inc. v. Best Inns of Abilene, L.P., 980 F.2d 1072 (1992), the Court has undertaken a rigorous initial review of pleadings to ensure that jurisdiction exists. Here it appears it does not becauseremoval jurisdiction only exists where a defendant files a notice of removal. See Shamrock Oil & Gas v. Sheets, 313 U.S. 100, 107-08 (1941). Here, the plaintiff/counterdefendant is attempting to remove this case.

The Court ORDERS First Bank to SHOW CAUSE on or before December 23, 2009, why the Court should not remand this case to state court for lack of jurisdiction. Other parties shall have up to and including January 8, 2010, to reply to First Bank's response. No brief shall exceed ten pages, and the Court encourages the defendant/counterplaintiff and the defendants to consider filing a consolidated brief. The Court RESERVES RULING on First Bank's motion to set a deadline for a responsive pleading (Doc. 10) pending resolution of this jurisdictional issue.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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