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Federal National Mortgage Association v. Torborg

United States District Court, Eighth Circuit

October 9, 2013

Federal National Mortgage Association, Plaintiff,
v.
Philip U. Torborg, Tammy J. Codden, John Doe, and Mary Roe, Defendants.

ORDER

DONOVAN W. FRANK, District Judge.

This matter is before the Court upon Defendant Philip U. Torborg's ("Defendant") objection (Doc. No. 14) to Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan's September 3, 2013 Order on Motion to Remand ("September 3, 2013 Order") (Doc. No. 12). Plaintiff Federal National Mortgage Association ("Plaintiff") filed a response to Defendant's objection on September 16, 2013. (Doc. No. 16.)

The Court must modify or set aside any portion of the Magistrate Judge's order found to be clearly erroneous or contrary to law. See 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(1)(A); Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(a); D. Minn. LR 72.2(a). This is an "extremely deferential standard." Reko v. Creative Promotions, Inc., 70 F.Supp.2d 1005, 1007 (D. Minn. 1999). "A finding is clearly erroneous' when although there is evidence to support it, the reviewing court on the entire evidence is left with the definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been committed." Chakales v. Comm'r of Internal Revenue, 79 F.3d 726, 728 (8th Cir. 1996) (quoting United States v. United States Gypsum Co., 333 U.S. 364, 395 (1948)). The Court finds that Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan's Order is neither clearly erroneous nor contrary to law.

Defendant argues that the Magistrate Judge improperly declined to exercise jurisdiction over this matter and thus inappropriately remanded the case to state court. Plaintiff counters that Defendant's removal of this eviction action was an attempt to circumvent Minnesota statutory procedure and to litigate anew issues already under consideration in a separate quiet title action. (Doc. No. 16 at 1.) The Court concludes that, even assuming appropriate removal of this lawsuit to federal court and the existence of federal court jurisdiction, Defendant has failed to demonstrate that the Order, which concludes that this Court should abstain from hearing the matter, is either clearly erroneous or contrary to law. See, e.g., MCC Mortg. LP v. Office Depot, Inc., 685 F.Supp.2d 939, 947 (D. Minn. 2010) (noting that "courts often abstain from hearing eviction matters to avoid completely emasculating the state structure for dealing with such disputes") (internal quotations omitted).

Therefore, the Court overrules Defendant's objection and affirms Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan's September 3, 2013 Order in all respects.

ORDER

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Defendant Philip U. Torborg's objection (Doc. No. [14]) to Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan's September 3, 2013 Order is OVERRULED.

2. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan's September 3, 2013 Order (Doc. No. [12]) is AFFIRMED.


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