Subject-matter Jurisdiction.


Byline: Derek Hawkins

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: Jamie Swartz, et al. v. Heartland Equine Rescue, et al.

Case No.: 18-3260

Officials: FLAUM, SYKES, and SCUDDER, Circuit Judges.

Focus: Subject-matter Jurisdiction

The plaintiffs, Jamie and Sandra Swartz, allege a conspiracy among multiple state and private defendants to deprive them of their property, namely, several goats and horses. The district court dismissed the private defendants and later entered summary judgment in favor of the state defendants. We now vacate the district court's rulings and remand this case for dismissal due to a lack of federal subject matter jurisdiction. The Swartzes' claims are inextricably intertwined with state court judgments, requiring...

To continue reading