United States District Court, District of Columbia
April 16, 2014
NITA B. ARCHIE, Plaintiff,
LaWONNE ELENORA AGER BOOKER, et al., Defendants.
RICHARD J. LEON, District Judge.
This matter comes before the court on review of plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis and pro se civil complaint. The Court will grant the application, and dismiss the complaint.
According to plaintiff, she is "a victim of gross identity theft, " Compl. at 2, and defendants have left her "in financial dire straits, " id. at 3, after having made a "non-authorized credit card application, id. at 2. Plaintiff demands "compensatory, cumulative and punitive damages... in the amount of $3 (three) million dollars." Id. at 4.
Federal district courts have jurisdiction in civil actions arising under the Constitution, laws or treaties of the United States. See 28 U.S.C. § 1331. In addition, federal district courts have jurisdiction over civil actions where the matter in controversy exceeds $75, 000, and the suit is between citizens of different states. See 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a). Plaintiff does not raise a constitutional claim, and notwithstanding her demand for damages far in excess of $75, 000, she does not establish diversity of citizenship. Accordingly, the complaint will be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. An Order consistent with this Memorandum Opinion is issued separately.