Trondheim Capital Partners LP et al v. Life Insurance Company of Alabama et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING 9 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction. However, in light of the jurisdictional information in the Plaintiffs' response, the Court WILL GIVE LEAVE to Plaintiffs to Amend their Complaint on or before October 17, 2019. Signed by Chief Judge Karon O Bowdre on 10/10/2019. (JLC)
2019 Oct-10 AM 11:59
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
TRONDHEIM CAPITAL PARTNERS LP, )
LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF
ALABAMA, et al.,
Case No. 4:19-CV-1413-KOB
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
This matter comes before the court on a motion to dismiss filed by Defendants Life
Insurance Company of Alabama, Marvin Lynn Lowe, Raymond Rudolph Renfrow, Jr., Ann
Daugette Renfrow, Rosalie Renfrow Causey, Alburta Daugette Low, and Clarence William
Daugette. (Doc. 9). In their motion to dismiss, the Defendants assert, among other things, that
Plaintiffs Trondheim Capital Partners LP and MTP 401K Plan failed to sufficiently plead
diversity jurisdiction because they did not show complete diversity of citizenship, as they failed
to provide the citizenship of Trondheim’s partners. (Doc. 9 at 1-2).
The court entered an order to show cause, requiring Trondheim to show why the court
should not dismiss its complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. (Doc. 10). Trondheim
then filed a response to the Defendants’ motion to dismiss and the court’s order to show cause.
(Doc. 12). In its response, Trondheim set forth the citizenship of its partners and argued that it
had sufficiently alleged diversity jurisdiction to overcome the Defendants’ motion to dismiss.
(Doc. 12 at 4–11).
Although the Plaintiffs have provided information relevant to jurisdiction in their
response, their complaint remains deficient. While the Defendants did not mention the rule by
name, they effectively raised a facial challenge to the exercise of subject matter jurisdiction
under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1). A Rule 12(b)(1) facial challenge is “based solely on the
allegations in the complaint.” Carmichael v. Kellogg, Brown & Root Servs., Inc., 572 F.3d 1271,
1279 (11th Cir. 2009). The Plaintiffs’ complaint identifies Trondheim merely as a limited
partnership headquartered in Delaware but does not allege the citizenship of Trondheim’s
partners. (Doc. 1 at ¶ 2). To establish diversity jurisdiction in a complaint, a partnership is
required to prove the citizenship of each of its members. Underwriters at Lloyd's, London v.
Osting-Schwinn, 613 F.3d 1079, 1086 (11th Cir. 2010). Thus, the complaint does not establish
complete diversity as required to confer subject matter jurisdiction on this court. 28 U.S.C. §
1332. Despite the information provided in the Plaintiffs’ response, the complaint still does not
meet the pleading requirements.
Therefore, the court GRANTS Defendants’ motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter
jurisdiction. However, in light of the jurisdictional information in the Plaintiffs’ response, the
court WILL GIVE LEAVE to Plaintiffs to amend their complaint. Plaintiffs are directed to file
their amended complaint on or before October 17, 2019.
DONE and ORDERED this 10th day of October, 2019.
KARON OWEN BOWDRE
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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