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11th Circuit Vacates and Remands2

11th Circuit Vacates and Remands2

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[DONOTPUBLISH]INTHEUNITEDSTATESCOURTOFAPPEALS
FILED
FORTHEELEVENTHCIRC
~rfJ.s.
COURTOFAPPEALSELEVENTHCIRCUITSEP07,2011JOHNLEYCLERK
No.11-10978Non-ArgumentCalendarD.C.DocketNo.1:09-cv-02355-CAPWEKESAO.MADZIMOYO,versusPlaintiff-Appellant,THEBANKOFNEWYORKMELLONTRUSTCOMPANY,N.A.,f.k.a.TheBankofNewYorkTrustCompany,N.A.,JPMORGANCHASEBANK,N.A.,GMACMORTGAGE,LLC,MCCURDY&CANDLER,LLC,ANTHONYDEMARLO,Attorney,Defendants-Appellees.AppealfromtheUnitedStatesDistrictCourtfortheNorthernDistrictofGeorgia(September7,2011)BeforeTJOFLAT,CARNESandKRAVITCH,CircuitJudges.
 
PERCURIAM:WekesaMadzimoyo,proceeding
prose,
appealsthedistrictcourt'sjudgmentonthepleadingsinfavorofthedefendants.Becauseweconcludethatthedistrictcourtlackedremovaljurisdiction,wevacateandremand.InJuly2009,Madzimoyofiledanemergencypetitioninstatecourtseekingatemporaryrestrainingorder(TRO)tostopforeclosureproceedingsonhishomebydefendantsBankofNewYorkMellonTrustCompany,JPMorganChaseBank,McCurdy
&
Candler,andattorneyAnthonyDeMarlo.Accordingtothepetition,noneofthedefendantswastheoriginallenderandtherewasnoevidencethattheoriginallenderhadtransferreditsrightstoanydefendant.Insupportofhispetition,Madzimoyosubmittedcorrespondencesenttothedefendantsinwhichhesoughttoverifytheirrightsoverthemortgage.SomeofthecorrespondencereferencedtheFairDebtCollectionPracticeAct(FDCPA)andRegulationZ,theTruth-in-Lendingregulations.ThestatecourtissuedtheTROandscheduledahearingonthepetitiontostoptheforeclosure.Thedaybeforethescheduledhearinginstatecourt,thedefendantsremovedthepetitiontofederaldistrictcourtintheNorthernDistrictofGeorgia,assertingfederal-questionjurisdictionbecauseMadzimoyohadallegedviolationsoftheFDCPAandRegulationZ.Madzimoyomovedtoremandtostatecourt,disputing
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thatheraisedanybasisforfederaljurisdiction.Themagistratejudgedeniedthemotiontoremand,findingthatMadzimoyo'spetitionraisedfederalquestionsundertheFDCPAandRegulationZ.Thedefendantsthenmovedforjudgmentonthepleadings.Inabriefinsupportofthemotion,thedefendantsarguedthattheFDCPAandRegulationZclaimsfailedbecauseMadzimoyohadnotallegedanyviolationofthesestatutes.Themagistratejudgerecommendedthatthemotionforjudgmentonthepleadingsbegranted.Thedistrictcourtadoptedtherecommendation,overMadzimoyo'sobjections,andgrantedjudgmentonthepleadings.Thisappealfollowed.Onappeal,bothpartiesaddressthemeritsoftheordergrantingjudgmentonthepleadings,andthereisnodiscussionofthedistrictcourt'sjurisdictionoverMadzimoyo'saction.Nevertheless,weare"obligedtonoticeanylackofjurisdictionregardlessofwhetherthequestionisraisedbythepartiesthemselves."
Edge
v.
SumterCnty.Sch.Dist.,
775F.2d1509,1513(lIthCir.1985).Wereviewquestionsofsubject-matterjurisdiction
denovo.Romero
v.
DrummondCo.,
552F.3d1303,1313(LlthCif.2008).Weconsider
suasponte
whetherthedistrictcourthadremovaljurisdiction.
Cotton
v.
Mass.Mut.LifeIns.Co.,
402F.3d1267,1280(llthCir.2005).
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