UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
February 23, 2011
GLENN A. ROTHENBERG, PLAINTIFF,
BREVARD FINANCIAL, LTD., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Chesler, District Judge
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
OPINION & ORDER
CHESLER, District Judge
This matter comes before the Court on the motion to remand filed by Plaintiff Glenn A. Rothenberg ("Plaintiff") [docket entry no. 3]. Defendant Steven Pasternak ("Defendant") has opposed the motion. The Court has considered the papers submitted by the parties and opts to rule on the motion without oral argument, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 78. For the reasons discussed below, the Court will grant Plaintiff's motion to remand this action.
This action was removed by Defendant by a petition filed December 21, 2010. The petition asserts that the matter is removable because it asserts claims arising under federal securities law and it therefore asserts a claim under federal jurisdiction. The Plaintiff has moved to remand on numerous grounds, including that the removal petition was filed more than 30 days after Defendant received notice of the federal claim "through service or otherwise." Plaintiff further contends that Defendant's removal was also defective under the well established unanimity requirement which provides that a defendant may only remove a matter where all properly served defendants join in the removal petition. Defendant Pasternak's sole opposition to the remand motion is the assertion that the state court does not have jurisdiction over federal securities law claims. Thus, Mr. Pasternak does not dispute that his removal petition did not properly join the other Defendants that were named and served. Since this procedural defect was timely raised, the motion to remand must be granted.*fn1 In light of the foregoing, the Court sees no need to file Mr. Pasternak's application for in forma pauperis, which was filed under seal. The Court notes that under Local Civil Rule 5.3(c) no filing in a civil case may be made under seal absent a formal motion
For these reasons, IT IS on this 23rd day of February, 2011, ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion for remand [docket entry no. 3] be and hereby is GRANTED; and it is further
ORDERED that this case be and hereby is REMANDED to the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Morris County.
STANLEY R. CHESLER United States District Judge