Frank Terramorse, Iv, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Yellow Freight Systems, Inc., a Foreign Corporation,defendant-appellee, 12 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 1993)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 12 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 1993)

Submitted Nov. 2, 1993. *Decided Nov. 18, 1993

Before: ALARCON, LEAVY, and KLEINFELD, Circuit Judges.


We review the summary judgment de novo. Felton v. Unisource Corp., 940 F.2d 503, 508 (9th Cir. 1991). Plaintiff asserted state claims arising out of a demotion which he claims was intended to reduce his pension entitlement. The district court correctly held that these claims were preempted by ERISA. Tingey v. Pixley-Richards West, Inc., 953 F.2d 1124, 1130-31 (9th Cir. 1990). Plaintiff chose to stand on his state claims, rather than assert an ERISA claim, so the summary judgment denying relief on the preempted claims was correctly granted.

We assume without deciding that plaintiff's age discrimination claim under state law was not preempted by ERISA. See Sorosky v. Burroughs Corp., 826 F.2d 794, 800 (9th Cir. 1987). The burden of proof was on plaintiff, and defendant's summary judgment motion put him to his proof. Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc. 477 U.S. 242, 248-49 (1986); Wang v. FMC Corp., 975 F.2d 1412, 1420 (9th Cir. 1992). He offered no evidence of age discrimination in opposition to defendant's summary judgment. The allegations in his complaint were not enough to shift the burden of proof back to Yellow Freight. Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 324 (1986); Mai Systems Corp. v. Peak Computer, Inc., 991 F.2d 511, 518 (9th Cir. 1993). Because he did not establish a genuine issue of material fact as to whether he had been discriminated against on account of age, the district court correctly granted the motion.

Plaintiff's brief claims error in the district court's denial of his Rule 60(b) motion for reconsideration. We lack jurisdiction to review that contention, because he filed no notice of appeal from the denial. TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola v. Transamerica Airlines, Inc., 915 F.2d 1351, 1354 (9th Cir. 1990).



The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision without oral argument. Fed. R. App. P. 34(a) and 9th Cir.R. 34-4


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