Nazario-Lugo v. Caribevision Holdings, Inc., No. 10-1728 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
After both plaintiff and her employer purported to terminate plaintiff's employment contract, the employer sought a declaratory judgment in the court of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, concerning a release that it wanted plaintiff to sign. While the case was pending, plaintiff filed suit for breach of contract in federal court, invoking diversity jurisdiction. The district court dismissed without prejudice. After the declaratory judgment action was resolved in favor of the employee, the court denied a motion to set aside the dismissal. The First Circuit reversed, holding that the case does not present the extraordinary circumstances required under the Colorado River doctrine to justify surrender of federal jurisdiction.