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Junttonen v. Rehabilitation Hospital of Pacific

United States District Court, D. Hawaii

June 21, 2018

GREG JUNTTONEN, Plaintiff,
v.
THE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL OF THE PACIFIC; AUDREY TORRES; LALEINE LANIER; FAYE MIYAMOTO; and DOES 1-15, Defendants.

          ORDER TO REMAND

          HELEN GILLMOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Plaintiff Greg Junttonen filed a lawsuit against Defendants in Hawaii State Court. Plaintiff alleged four Hawaii state law causes of action. Defendants argue that Plaintiff has engaged in artful pleading to avoid federal question jurisdiction. None of Plaintiff's claims raise a substantial federal question.

         This case is remanded to state court for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction.

         PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         On February 23, 2017, Plaintiff filed a Complaint in the Circuit Court for the First Circuit of the State of Hawaii in the matter styled Greg Junttonen v. The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific; Audrey Torres; Laleine Lanier; Faye Miyamoto; and Does 1-15, Civil No. 17-1-0300-02 GWBC. (ECF No. 1-4).

         On March 15, 2017, Defendants filed a Notice of Removal to this Court. (ECF No. 1).

         On March 14, 2018, Defendants filed a Motion for Summary Judgment. (ECF No. 32).

         Also, on March 14, 2018, Defendants filed a Concise Statement of Material Facts in Support of Their Motion for Summary Judgment. (ECF No. 33).

         On March 27, 2018, Plaintiff filed an Opposition. (ECF No. 36).

         Also, on March 27, 2018, Plaintiff filed a Concise Statement of Facts in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment. (ECF No. 35).

         On April 12, 2018, Defendants filed a Reply. (ECF No. 39).

         On May 15, 2018, the Court held a hearing. The Court found a lack of subject-matter jurisdiction and ordered this case to be remanded. This order constitutes the written decision of the oral ruling. (ECF No. 42).

         BACKGROUND

         Plaintiff Greg Junttonen is a resident of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii. (Complaint at p. 1, attached as Exhibit C to Defendant's Notice of Removal, ECF No. 1-4).

         Defendant Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific is incorporated in Hawaii, and is doing business in Hawaii. (Id.)

         Defendants Audrey Torres, Laleine Lanier, and Faye Miyamoto are residents of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii. (Id.)

         Plaintiff alleges that he was employed by Defendant Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific from November 1993 through February of 2015. (Id. at pp. 2-3).

         On or around February 3, 2015, Plaintiff states that he reported to Defendant Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific the use of an unqualified nurse's assistant to transfer patients in violation of federal functional independent measures regulations, as well as other federal and state laws and regulations. (Id. at p.3)

         On or about February 25, 2015, Plaintiff was discharged by Defendant Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. (Id.)

         Plaintiff alleges that his termination caused him to experience extreme emotional distress. (Id. at p. 4).

         Plaintiff also alleges that in late February and early March of 2015, Defendants Torres, Lanier, and Miyamoto defamed him by stating that he practiced medicine without a license and ...


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