No. 04-3947.

436 F.3d 209 (2006)

George P. STOE, Appellant v. William E. FLAHERTY; David Carpenter; James Carpenter; William Smelas; Robert Sunderman; Ronald Statile.

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

January 23, 2006.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Erik Sobkiewicz (Argued), Douglas A. Campbell, Campbell & Levine, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA, for Appellant.

Steven S. Santoro (Argued), Santoro & Gonzalez, Pittsburgh, PA, for Appellee William E. Flaherty.

Laura B. Hoguet, Edna Sussman (Argued), Houget Newman & Regal, New York, N.Y. and Thomas H. May, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, Pittsburgh, PA, for Appellees David O. Carpenter and D. James Carpenter.

Eric B. Wolff (Argued), David B. Florenzo, Benjamin M. Gipson, Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, D.C., for Appellees William Smelas, Robert Sunderman and Ronald Statile.

Before SMITH, STAPLETON and NYGAARD, Circuit Judges.


STAPLETON, Circuit Judge.

Plaintiff-appellant George Stoe ("Stoe") brought a state-law action in state court to recover unpaid severance benefits from current and former officers of his previous employer, which is now bankrupt. The defendants removed the case to federal court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1452, which provides for the removal of claims related to a bankruptcy case. In the District Court, the defendants successfully...

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