Brit UW Limited et al v. Precision Construction & Erectors, LLC et al
OPINION AND ORDER directing that the plaintiffs have until 12/27/2013, to amend the complaint to allege jurisdiction sufficiently, see 28 U.S.C. 1653; otherwise thislawsuit shall be dismissed without prejudice, as further set out in order. Signed by Honorable Judge Myron H. Thompson on 12/3/13. (djy, )
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA, EASTERN DIVISION
BRIT UW LIMITED and HISCOX )
DEDICATED CORPORATE MEMBER, )
PRECISION CONSTRUCTION &
ERECTORS, LLC, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO.
OPINION AND ORDER
The allegations of the complaint in this case are
insufficient to invoke this court's original jurisdiction
under 28 U.S.C. § 1332 (diversity of citizenship).
invoke original jurisdiction based on diversity, the
complaint must distinctly and affirmatively allege each
See McGovern v. American Airlines,
Inc., 511 F. 2d 653, 654 (5th Cir. 1975) (per curiam).
The allegations must show that the citizenship of each
plaintiff is different from that of each defendant.
28 U.S.C. § 1332; see also 2 James Wm. Moore, et al.,
Moore's Federal Practice § 8.03[b] at 8-16 (3d ed.
The complaint here is insufficient because it does
not indicate the citizenship of parties that are ‘limited
liability companies’: defendants Precision Construction
& Erectors, LLC, and Precision Contracting & Erection,
“[L]ike a limited partnership, a limited liability
company is a citizen of any state of which a member of
the company is a citizen.”
Rolling Greens MHP, L.P. v.
Comcast SCH Holdings L.L.C., 374 F.3d 1020, 1022 (11th
Cir. 2004). The complaint must therefore allege “the
citizenships of all the members of the limited liability
(And if the entity consists of several
entities, the complaint must reflect the citizenship, or
citizenships, of each and every entity based on the
nature of that entity.)
Here, the complaint indicates only that the “members”
of these two limited liability companies are citizens of
It fails to indicate the nature of these
If the member is a person, the complaint must
indicate the state of citizenship of that person.
member is a corporation, then the complaint must allege
the citizenship of both the State of incorporation and
28 U.S.C. § 1332(c)(2); American Motorist
Insur. Co. v. American Employers' Insur. Co., 600 F.2d
15, 16 & n. 1 (5th Cir. 1979) (per curiam).
member is a partnership, the complaint must indicate the
citizenship of the individual partners, both general and
Carden v. Arkoma Associates, 494 U.S. 185
If the member is an unincorporated association,
the complaint must indicate the citizenship of each and
every one of its members.
Xaros v. U.S. Fidelity and
Guar. Co., 820 F.2d 1176, 1181 (11th Cir. 1987).
member is also a limited liability company, the complaint
must allege “[t]he citizenships of all members of the
limited liability company.” Rolling Greens MHP, L.P. v.
Comcast SCH Holdings L.L.C., 374 F.3d 1020, 1022 (11 Cir.
It is therefore the ORDER, JUDGMENT, and DECREE of
the court that the plaintiffs have until December 27,
lawsuit shall be dismissed without prejudice.
DONE, this the 3rd day of December, 2013.
/s/ Myron H. Thompson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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