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Dennis Meyer v. the Butcher Company

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


August 15, 2012

DENNIS MEYER, PLAINTIFF,
v.
THE BUTCHER COMPANY, INC., A CORPORATION, INDUSTRIAL SOAP COMPANY, A CORPORATION, MACK MOLDING COMPANY, INC., A CORPORATION, AND DIVERSEY, INC., A CORPORATION DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Murphy, District Judge:

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter is before the Court sua sponte on the issue of federal subject matter jurisdiction. See Foster v. Hill, 497 F.3d 695, 696-97 (7th Cir. 2007) ("It is the responsibility of a court to make an independent evaluation of whether subject matter jurisdiction exists in every case."); Johnson v. Wattenbarger, 361 F.3d 991, 992 (7th Cir. 2004) (a district court's "first duty in every suit" is "to determine the existence of subject-matter jurisdiction").

Plaintiff, Dennis Meyer, filed his complaint on July 30, 2012, for personal injuries incurred by Plaintiff at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois. Yet, in reviewing Plaintiff's sixty-one page complaint, there is not a single paragraph dedicated to establishing this Court's federal subject matter jurisdiction. Accordingly, this case is DISMISSED for want of federal subject matter jurisdiction. See Guaranty Nat'l Title Co. v. J.E.G. Assocs., 101 F.3d 57, 59 (7th Cir. 1996) ("[I]t is not the court's obligation to lead [parties] through a jurisdictional paint-by-numbers scheme.").

The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to close this case on the Court's docket.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

G. PATRICK MURPHY United States District Judge

20120815

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