Johnson on Behalf of U.S. v. Thomas, No. 91-1169

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (8th Circuit)
Writing for the CourtBefore McMILLIAN, FAGG and MAGILL; PER CURIAM
Citation932 F.2d 747
PartiesRonald R. JOHNSON, Complainant on Behalf of the UNITED STATES and U.S. District Court of Minnesota, Appellant, v. John C. THOMAS; Elizabeth A. Connolly; Kenneth L. Haydock; Beth A. Dinndorf; Appellees.
Decision Date10 May 1991
Docket NumberNo. 91-1169

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932 F.2d 747
Ronald R. JOHNSON, Complainant on Behalf of the UNITED
STATES and U.S. District Court of Minnesota, Appellant,
v.
John C. THOMAS; Elizabeth A. Connolly; Kenneth L. Haydock;
Beth A. Dinndorf; Appellees.
No. 91-1169.
United States Court of Appeals,
Eighth Circuit.
Submitted April 26, 1991.
Decided May 10, 1991.

Ronald R. Johnson, Shorewood, Minn., for appellant.

John R. Shoemaker, St. Paul, Minn., for appellees.

Before McMILLIAN, FAGG and MAGILL, Circuit Judges.

PER CURIAM.

Ronald R. Johnson appeals the district court's 1 dismissal of his complaint for lack of federal subject matter jurisdiction. Johnson's pro se complaint alleged professional misconduct by four private attorneys. Johnson argues that Rule 1 of the Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota grants subject matter jurisdiction. The rule provides that if allegations of attorney misconduct, which if substantiated would warrant discipline, come to the attention of the court, the court shall refer the matter to counsel for investigation and prosecution of a formal disciplinary proceeding or the formulation of such other recommendation as may be appropriate. The rule does not grant subject matter jurisdiction for civil actions based upon professional misconduct. Since we find no error of law, we affirm the district court's dismissal. See 8th Cir.R. 47B.

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1 The Honorable Edward J. Devitt, United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota.

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  • Church of Scientology Int'l v. Kolts, No. CV 93-1390-RSWL (EEx).
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 9th Circuit. United States District Courts. 9th Circuit. Central District of California
    • 16 Febrero 1994
    ...a party's proceedings once that party is in federal court pursuant to another, independent jurisdictional grant"); Johnson v. Thomas, 932 F.2d 747, 747 (8th Cir.1991) (per curiam) (holding that the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota addressing......
  • Lansford v. Wal-Mart Stores E., L.P., No. 12-5667
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (6th Circuit)
    • 4 Febrero 2013
    ...to pursue an action against her former attorney for misconduct or malfeasance, we lack jurisdiction. See Johnson ex rel. U.S. v. Thomas, 932 F.2d 747, 747 (8th Cir. 1991) (per curiam). The district court's order is affirmed.--------Notes: *. The Honorable Joseph M. Hood, United States Distr......
2 cases
  • Church of Scientology Int'l v. Kolts, No. CV 93-1390-RSWL (EEx).
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 9th Circuit. United States District Courts. 9th Circuit. Central District of California
    • 16 Febrero 1994
    ...of a party's proceedings once that party is in federal court pursuant to another, independent jurisdictional grant"); Johnson v. Thomas, 932 F.2d 747, 747 (8th Cir.1991) (per curiam) (holding that the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota addressing a......
  • Lansford v. Wal-Mart Stores E., L.P., No. 12-5667
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (6th Circuit)
    • 4 Febrero 2013
    ...to pursue an action against her former attorney for misconduct or malfeasance, we lack jurisdiction. See Johnson ex rel. U.S. v. Thomas, 932 F.2d 747, 747 (8th Cir. 1991) (per curiam). The district court's order is affirmed.--------Notes: *. The Honorable Joseph M. Hood, United States Distr......

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