Case No. 16-cv-06444-MEJ.

LAWRENCE SHAPIRO, Plaintiff, v. ERIC LUNDAHL, et al., Defendants.

United States District Court, N.D. California.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 28 U.S.C. § 1331
Cause: 28 U.S.C. § 1331 Fed. Question
Nature of Suit: 310 Airplane
Source: PACER

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Lawrence Shapiro, Plaintiff, represented by Michael Vance Nudelman , Law Office of Michael Nudelman.

Lawrence Shapiro, Plaintiff, represented by Emil John Vodonick , The Vodonick Lawfirm.

Eric Lundahl, Defendant, represented by Peter Michael Hart , LeClairRyan, LLP & Felicia Patricia Jafferies , LeClairRyan.


Re: Dkt. No. 37

MARIA-ELENA JAMES, Magistrate Judge.

Pending before the Court is Defendant Eric Lundahl's Motion for Sanctions. See Mot., Dkt. No. 37. Plaintiff Lawrence Shapiro filed an Opposition (Dkt. No. 40), and Defendant filed a Reply (Dkt. No. 41). Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 78(b) and Civil Local Rule 7-1(b), the Court finds this matter suitable for disposition without oral argument and hereby VACATES the August 17, 2017 hearing.

Lundahl argues Plaintiff Lawrence Shapiro violated Rule 11 and this Court's Order that any amendment of the First Amended Complaint be made in good faith and consistent with counsel's obligation under Rule 11. See Mot. As the Court's Order Dismissing the Second Amended Complaint ("SAC") makes plain, admiralty jurisdiction can be a complicated question. Order, Dkt. No. 38. Indeed, courts have found admiralty jurisdiction existed in situations that bore some resemblance to the facts alleged in the SAC, i.e., where a plane crashed on land after encountering trouble over navigable waters. See Order at 6-7. While the Court ultimately found that the SAC did not plead facts sufficient to show admiralty jurisdiction existed, the Court cannot find that Plaintiff's amendment was not made in good faith and consistent with counsel's obligation under Rule 11.

Accordingly, the Court DENIES the Motion for Sanctions.



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