United States District Court, D. Hawaii
ORDER TO REMAND
GILLMOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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
case is remanded to state court for lack of subject-matter
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).
March 15, 2017, Defendants filed a Notice of Removal to this
Court. (ECF No. 1).
March 14, 2018, Defendants filed a Motion for Summary
Judgment. (ECF No. 32).
on March 14, 2018, Defendants filed a Concise Statement of
Material Facts in Support of Their Motion for Summary
Judgment. (ECF No. 33).
March 27, 2018, Plaintiff filed an Opposition. (ECF No. 36).
on March 27, 2018, Plaintiff filed a Concise Statement of
Facts in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Summary
Judgment. (ECF No. 35).
April 12, 2018, Defendants filed a Reply. (ECF No. 39).
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).
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).
Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific is incorporated in
Hawaii, and is doing business in Hawaii. (Id.)
Audrey Torres, Laleine Lanier, and Faye Miyamoto are
residents of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii.
alleges that he was employed by Defendant Rehabilitation
Hospital of the Pacific from November 1993 through February
of 2015. (Id. at pp. 2-3).
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)
about February 25, 2015, Plaintiff was discharged by
Defendant Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.
alleges that his termination caused him to experience extreme
emotional distress. (Id. at p. 4).
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