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Bell v. Scripture Cathedral Church

United States District Court, District Circuit

September 13, 2013

Kareemah Bell, Plaintiff,
v.
Scripture Cathedral Church, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

This matter is before the Court on the plaintiff's pro se complaint and application to proceed in forma pauperis. The Court will grant the plaintiffs application and dismiss the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

The subject matter jurisdiction of the federal district courts is limited and is set forth generally at 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1332. Under those statutes, federal jurisdiction is available only when a "federal question" is presented or the parties are of diverse citizenship and the amount in controversy exceeds $75, 000. A party seeking relief in the district court must at least plead facts that bring the suit within the court's jurisdiction. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a). Failure to plead such facts warrants dismissal of the action. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3).

Plaintiff is a District of Columbia resident suing a church in the District of Columbia for "mental damages" stemming from an alleged encounter with a security officer and an usher during the church's service. Compl. at 1-2. Since the complaint neither presents a federal question nor provides a basis for diversity jurisdiction, it will be dismissed.[1] A separate Order accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.


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