• Goins Aaron, PLC of New Orleans

Business Dispute Remanded To State Court

May 22 2012 | blog

The lawsuit entitled Harold Foley, III et al vs SAFG Retirement Services, Inc. et al initially filed in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans and removed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has been remanded back to state court by order dated May 21, 2012 signed by U. S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo.  The Plaintiffs in this high stakes bet-the-ranch litigation are Harold Foley, III, Verlyn Foley,VOB Development and several other companies owned by the Foleys.   The Plaintiffs are represented by Bill Aaron, DeWayne Williams and Candice Richards-Forest of Aaron, PLC.

The lead defendant in the Foley lawsuit is SAFG Retirement Services a member of the SunAmerica Financial Group.   The SunAmerica Financial Group is an element of American International Group, Inc. (AIG).

In deciding to return the case to state court, the federal judge aptly observed:

"If a court permits joinder of a non-diverse defendant, destroying subject matter jurisdiction, the court must remand the action to the state court...... Here, the Court granted the Plaintiffs leave to file the amended complaint, which included claims against non-diverse defendants.   As a result, the Court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over the case and must remand the case to state court."



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