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Jane Doe v. Schwerzler

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
2008 WL 1781986 (D.N.J. 2008)


Facts

On August 1, 2006, Jane Doe (plaintiff) filed a complaint in federal district court in New Jersey against John Schwerzler, Robert Taffet, Trish Green, Daniel Green, and the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (defendants), alleging violations of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Doe contended that Schwerzler, her former swim coach, had commenced an improper sexual relationship with her lasting from 1998, when she was 13, until 2004. The other defendants were alleged to be liable for conduct relating to the relationship. All defendants apart from Schwerzler moved to dismiss Doe’s case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction based on diversity of citizenship. The moving defendants were all citizens of New Jersey, where Doe had grown up and her parents continued to reside. On the date she filed her complaint, however, Doe was living in Kentucky, where she attended college. Doe provided evidence that, as of that date, she had registered to vote in Kentucky, acquired a Kentucky driver’s license, rented property and paid utilities in Kentucky, established a bank account there, and paid Kentucky state taxes. Doe also offered evidence in the form of statements by herself, friends, and family members of her intent to remain in Kentucky. The court considered the motion to dismiss.

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