Mims v. Arrow Financial Servs., LLC, 421 Fed. Appx. 920 (11th Cir. 2010) [2010 BL 282710]
[EDITOR'S NOTE: This case is unpublished as indicated by the issuing court.] Donald A. Yarbrough, Attorney at Law, Fort Lauderdale, FL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.
Barbara A. Sinsley, Barron Newberger & Sinsley PLLC, Lutz, FL, for Defendant-Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. D.C. Docket No. 1:09-cv-22347-UU.
Before EDMONDSON, CARNES and MARTIN, Circuit Judges.
Marcus Mims appeals the district court's dismissal of his complaint against Arrow Financial Services, LLC, for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Mims' complaint alleged that Arrow acted in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227. Mims acknowledges that this Court has held that federal courts lack subject matter jurisdiction over private actions under the Act. Mims, however, contends that we should reconsider our binding precedent in light of two Supreme Court decisions and a Seventh Circuit decision.
 We held in Nicholson v. Hooters of Augusta, Inc. that "Congress granted state courts exclusive jurisdiction over private actions under the Act," and therefore "federal courts lack subject matter jurisdiction [over] private actions under the Act." 136 F.3d 1287, 1288-89 (11th Cir. 1998), modified, 140 F.3d 898 (11th Cir. 1998). We are bound by this precedent. See Smith v. GTE Corp., 236 F.3d 1292, 1303 (11th Cir. 2001).
Mims, in asking this Court to reconsider its precedent, points to Grable & Sons Metal Products, Inc. v. Darue Eng'g, 545 U.S. 308, 125 S.Ct. 2363, 162 L.Ed.2d 257 (2005), and Breuer v. Jim's Concrete of Brevard, Inc., 538 U.S. 691, 123 S.Ct. 1882, 155 L.Ed.2d 923 (2003).  Neither of those cases considered the Act, and neither of them explicitly or implicitly overrules our precedent. See United States v. Kaley, 579 F.3d 1246, 1255 ("To constitute an overruling . . . the Supreme Court decision must be clearly on point.") (citations and quotations omitted).  Additionally, the Seventh Circuit's decision in Brill v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 427 F.3d 446 (7th Cir. 2005), does not overturn our precedent. See Kaley, 579 F.3d at 1255 ("We may disregard the holding of a prior opinion only where that holding is overruled by the Court sitting en banc or by the Supreme Court.") (citations and quotations omitted).
Accordingly, the district court properly dismissed Mims' complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.