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Case 1 :05-cv-00326-KAJ Document 4 Filed 06/16/2005 Page 1 of 4
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
ROGER KEITH, CO-EXECUTOR :
TO THE ESTATE OF :
ERNEST V. KEITH, DECEASED :
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V. 1:05-cv-00326-KA]
GEORGE A. SIORIS, ESQUIRE,
HENRY A. HEIMAN, ESQUIRE, :
and HEIMAN ABER GOLDLUST & BAKER, :
Defendants.
RESPONSE OF HENRY A. HEIMAN, ESQUIRE AND HEIMAN ABER
GOLDLUST & BAKER TO DEFENDANT, GREGORY SIORIS’
NOTICE OF REMOVAL
1. Under the Federal Rules and supporting case law, a party cannot stipulate to subject
matter jurisdiction. Furthermore, if a party possesses facts that could aid in the Court’s
detennination of whether subject matter jurisdiction exists, that party has an obligation to
bring those facts to the Court’s attention, so that the Court can make an informed
decision. Such facts must be brought to the Court’s attention regardless of whether or not
the party would prefer that the case be litigated in the federal system as opposed to the
state system.
2. Based on defense counsel’s continuing obligation to bring relevant facts to the COL1I'lZ’S
attention, defendants have attached a copy of the Register’s Order, dated May 28, 1996.
The Register’s Order indicates that Roger M. Keith, co—executor of Ernest Keith’s Estate,
and plaintiff in the above captioned case, resides at 117 Burning Tree Road, Dover, DE
19904. A copy of the Register’s Order is attached.
3. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1332(c)(2), the legal representative of the estate of the decedent
shall be deemed to be a citizen only of the same state as the decedent. As evident by the
Register’s Order, decedent’s estate was located in Delaware, therefore, Roger Keith, as
co-executor, must be deemed a resident of Delaware, regardless of where he presently
resides.
3. Under federal case law, 28 U.S.C. §l44l(a) (2004), is to be strictly construed, requiring
remand if any doubt exists over whether removal is proper. Shamrock Oil & Gaz Corp.
v. Sheets, 313 U.S. 100, 104 (1941). Furthermore, the party seeking removal bears the
burden of establishing federal jurisdiction. Zoren v. Genesis Energy. L.P., 195 F.
Supp.2d 598, 602 (D.De1.2002).

Case 1:05-cv-00326-KAJ Document 4 Filed 06/16/2005 Page 2 of 4
4. Based on the foregoing, it appears that defendant Gregory Sioris’ Notice of Removal can
not be granted since both plaintiff and at least one defendant are residents of Delaware.
ELZUF ON AUSTIN REARDON
TARLOV & MONDELL, P.A.
/s/ Matthew P. Donelson
John A. Elzufon, Esquire #177
Matthew P. Donelson, Esquire #4243
300 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1700
P.O. Box 1630
Wilmington, DE 19899-1630
(302) 428-3181
Attorney for Defendants
Henry A. Heiman, Esquire and
Heiman Aber Goldlust & Baker
DATED: 06/16/05
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a newspaper published in Kent County, at least once a week for a period of three suceesive weeks,
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n I GIVEN under my hand and seal of ofiice, at Dover
in said Kent Couity, the day and year above written.
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· - , In pursuance of an order ofROSS W. 1§egisterofWills, in and for Kent County, Delaware,
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ofthe date of death or abide by the lawinthat bchalii which provides that such*claims against the said estate
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
ROGER KEITH, CO-EXECUTOR :
TO THE ESTATE OF :
ERNEST V. KEITH, DECEASED :
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v. 1:05-cv-00326-KAJ
GREGORY A. SIORIS, ESQUIRE,
HENRY A. HEIMAN, ESQUIRE, :
and HEIMAN ABER GOLDLUST & BAKER, :
Defendants.
CERTIFICATE OF ELECTRONIC SERVICE
I, Matthew P. Donelson, do hereby certify that on this 16th day of June, 2005, Ihave
caused the following documents to be served electronically on the parties listed below:
1. Response to defendant Gregory A. Sioris, Esq.’s Notice of Removal;
2. Copy ofthe Register’s Order;
3. This Certificate of Electronic Service.
Kevin W. Gibson, Esq. Gregory A. Sioris, Esq.
Gibson & Perkins LP 350 Fifth Avenue #7606
1326 King Street New York, NY 10118-7606
Wilmington, DE 19801
/s/MATTHEW P. DONELSON
DATE: June 16, 2005 MATTHEW P. DONELSON #4243
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