|Szendrey-Ramos v. First Bancorp|
|Court||United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico|
|Full case name||Szendrey-Ramos v. First Bancorp|
|Decided||September 29, 2007|
|Citation(s)||512 F. Supp. 2d 81; 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74896|
|Judge(s) sitting||Salvador E. Casellas|
Szendrey-Ramos v. First Bancorp, 512 F. Supp. 2d 81 (D.P.R. 2007), was a case decided in the district of Puerto Rico where the federal district court declined supplemental jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c).
Carmen Szendrey-Ramos worked for First Bancorp as their general counsel in Puerto Rico. After investigating several possible ethics violations and illegal activities, Szendrey-Ramos was fired. She sued First Bancorp under Title VII alleging discrimination and retaliation and for violations of the Puerto Rico constitution. First Bancorp made a motion to dismiss the claims.
The district court allowed the Title VII claims to move forward, but declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the Puerto Rico law claims. The court reasoned that the Puerto Rico law claims would require Szendrey-Ramos to possibly divulge client information in litigation, an action regulated by Canon 21 of the Puerto Rico Code of Professional Ethics. The court determined that the entanglement with Canon 21 created a novel and complex problem of Puerto Rico law, and that the Puerto Rico law claims would dominate the Title VII claims if supplemental jurisdiction was exercised. For those reasons, the court declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the Puerto Rico law claims.