IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
April 2, 2010
PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF ALTON; MADISON COUNTY; STATE OF ILLINOIS; AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA "OFFICIALS," PLAINTIFFS,
PAUL SCHNEIDER, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Reagan, District Judge
Paul Schneider, supposedly the defendant in several cases before the Illinois Circuit Court for Madison County, removed his cases to this Court on March 29, 2010. Unfortunately, his notice of removal (Doc. 1) was written in such a way that the Court cannot tell whether it has subject-matter jurisdiction over his cases. He cannot remove those cases to this Court unless the Court could have heard the case to begin with, 28 U.S.C. § 1441 (2006), meaning that, for instance, the complaint in the case presents a cause of action under federal law, id. § 1331, or the parties have diverse citizenship and the amount in controversy is greater than $75,000, id. § 1332. He also has not filed the complaints from the state court actions in this Court, which, if present, would enable the Court to determine whether (1) Schneider is a defendant as he claims and (2) whether the Court could have heard the cases to begin with if they were filed here initially.
Accordingly, the Court questions the presence of subject-matter jurisdiction. Schneider is DIRECTED to amend his notice of removal to allege a sufficient basis for subject-matter jurisdiction. He is also DIRECTED to file in this case the complaints from the Madison County actions. He has until April 30, 2010 to comply with this order. Failure to comply will result in the case being REMANDED for lack of jurisdiction.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
MICHAEL J. REAGAN United States District Judge
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