Bailey v. S&S Recovery Services, LLC

Filing 15

Order for defendant S&S to supplement its notice of removal to identify members of the S&S Recovery Services LLC, along with their respective citizenship and to properly allege diversity jurisdiction. ( Response to order deadline set for 4/24/2009.). Signed by Judge Kristi K. DuBose on 4/10/09. (cmj)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION ORVILLE BAILEY, Plaintiff, vs. S & S RECOVERY SERVICES, LLC, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. 08-0600-KD-M ORDER This matter is before the Court on a sua sponte review of its jurisdiction in this matter. See Alabama Power Co. v. U.S. Dept. of Energy, 307 F.3d 1300, 1308 (11th Cir. 2002) (A court has an independent duty to examine its own jurisdiction); accord University of South Alabama v. American Tobacco Co., 168 F.3d 409, 411 (11th Cir. 1999). This action was removed to federal court by defendant S & S Recovery Services, LLC, on basis of diversity jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1332. S & S alleges that it is a limited liability corporation organized under the laws of Arkansas with it principal place of business in Arkansas and that plaintiff Orville Bailey is a citizen of Baldwin County, Alabama. However, for diversity of citizenship purposes, a limited liability company such as S & S, is a citizen of any state of which a member of the company is a citizen. See Rolling Greens MHP, L.P. v. Comcast SCH Holdings, LLC, 374 F. 3d 1020, 1023 (11th Cir. 2004) ("The federal appellate courts that have answered this question have all answered it in the same way: like a limited partnership, a limited liability company is a citizen of any state of which a member of the company is a citizen. We join them in this holding.") In the notice of removal, S & S does not identify its members or allege their citizenship. That information is necessary for the undersigned to determine whether this action is properly before this Court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction. Accordingly, defendant S & S is ORDERED to supplement its notice of removal on or before April 24, 2009, to identify the members of S & S Recovery Services, LLC, along with their respective citizenship and to properly allege diversity jurisdiction. DONE this the 10th day of April, 2009. s/ Kristi K. DuBose KRISTI K. DuBOSE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2

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