UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
February 15, 2011
DONNA GASTON, PLAINTIFF
NATIONAL CITY MORTGAGE COMPANY, DEFENDANT
The opinion of the court was delivered by: John A. Gorman United States Magistrate Judge
Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 11:39:31 AM
Clerk, U.S. District Court, ILCD
Federal courts are "courts of limited jurisdiction. They possess only that power authorized by Constitution and statute." Kokkonen v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of America, 511 U.S. 375, 377 (1994); quoted in Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Allapattah Svcs., Inc., 545 U.S. 546 (2005). Their jurisdiction is generally defined in 28 U.S.C. 1331 and 1332.
It is presumed that a cause lies outside the limited jurisdiction, Kokkonen, 511 U.S. at 377, and it is a plaintiff's obligation to plead sufficient information so that the court may determine whether the subject matter of the dispute may be brought within that limited jurisdictional purview.
A review of Plaintiff's complaint in this matter reveals no apparent basis for this Court to exercise its jurisdiction over this dispute. Plaintiff is therefore directed, within 14 days of this date, to file a supplemental jurisdictional statement, setting out the basis for this Court's jurisdiction over the subject matter of this dispute.
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