Akomav.University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

United States District Court, W.D. Arkansas, Fort Smith DivisionMar 30, 2009
Case No. 2:08-CV-2136 (W.D. Ark. Mar. 30, 2009)

Case No. 2:08-CV-2136.

March 30, 2009


ROBERT DAWSON, District Judge

Before the Court is Plaintiff's Motion to File an Amended Complaint and Remand (Doc. 11), Defendants' Response (Doc. 13), and Plaintiff's Reply (Doc. 14). Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a)(1) allows a party to amend its pleading once as a matter of course before being served with a responsive pleading. Since Defendants have not filed a responsive pleading, it was unnecessary to seek leave of the Court to amend.

The Court currently has jurisdiction over Plaintiff's original complaint on the basis of federal question jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1331, and supplemental jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1367. The amended complaint removes all claims over which this Court has original jurisdiction and renders supplemental jurisdiction the sole basis for subject matter jurisdiction. Considering the dearth of federal issues and the early stage of the proceedings, state court is the better venue for this case, notwithstanding Defendants' allegations that Plaintiff is forum shopping. Accordingly, the Court declines to exercise supplemental jurisdiction. Without subject matter jurisdiction, remand is appropriate under 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c).

Plaintiff's Motion (Doc. 11) is hereby GRANTED. The Clerk's Office is directed to docket Plaintiff's Amended Complaint and Remand to Sebastian County Circuit Court. No costs or fees are awarded.