Hirotoshi Yamamoto, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Thrift Guaranty Corporation of Hawaii, Hawaii Thrift & Loan(first Hawaiian Credit Corp. Inc.), Bankcorp Finance Ofhawaii, Servco Financial Corporation; Gecc Financial Corp.;state of Hawaii, Defendants-appellees, 891 F.2d 297 (9th Cir. 1989)Annotate this Case
Submitted Nov. 1, 1989. *Decided Dec. 1, 1989
Harold M. Fong, Chief District Judge, Presiding.
Before SNEED, KOZINSKI and DAVID R. THOMPSON, Circuit Judges.
Hirotoshi Yamamoto alleged in his complaint that the defendants fraudulently subverted the bankruptcy court proceedings of Manoa Finance Company, Inc. and thereby caused him to suffer damages. The district court dismissed the complaint for a variety of reasons, one of which was the lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Yamamoto appeals. We affirm.
Yamamoto based his claim to subject matter jurisdiction on 28 U.S.C. § 1331 (federal question) and 28 U.S.C. § 1343 (denial of civil rights). As to the latter, Yamamoto alleged no civil rights violation, and thus his claim of subject matter jurisdiction under section 1343 fails.
As to his claim of federal question jurisdiction under section 1331, Yamamoto alleged that such jurisdiction existed because "of the intrusion upon and the subversion of the Bankruptcy proceedings, over which the Federal Courts have exclusive jurisdiction." He further alleged that as a result of this subversion, the bankruptcy court confirmed a plan of reorganization which caused assets of the debtor Manoa Finance Company, Inc. to be confiscated and deprived Yamamoto of the residual assets of the debtor's estate. Yamamoto made essentially the same claims during the reorganization proceedings. As he did in the district court, Yamamoto asserts that these acts violated his rights under the fifth and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution. We agree with the district court that these allegations are so insubstantial as not to provide the court with federal question jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1331. See Bell v. Hood, 327 U.S. 678, 682-83.