Owners Insurance Company v. Lewis & Walraven Enterprises, Inc., et al

Filing 13

ORDER, by 1/27/10, Plaintiff shall file an amended complaint properly alleging federal subject matter jurisdiction, or this case will be dismissed without prejudice for lack of federal subject matter jurisdiction; if the amended complaint fails to plead federal subject matter jurisdiction, this case will be dismissed without the Court sua sponte granting Plaintiff any further opportunities to amend. Possible Dismissal due by 1/27/2010. Signed by Judge James A Teilborg on 1/13/10. (REW, )

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA OWNERS INSURANCE COMPANY, ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) LEWIS & WALRAVEN ENTERPRISES,) INC., BERNARD M. CYGAN, and) ) GERALDINE P. CYGAN, ) ) Defendants. ) ) No. CV 09-2578-PHX-JAT ORDER "Inquiring whether the court has jurisdiction is a federal judge's first duty in every case." Belleville Catering Co. v. Champaign Market Place, L.L.C., 350 F.3d 691, 693 (7th Cir. 2003). In this case, the complaint fails to sufficiently plead jurisdiction. See 28 U.S.C. 1332; Industrial Tectonics v. Aero Alloy, 912 F.2d 1090, 1092 (9th Cir. 1990) (discussing the citizenship of a corporation); Kanter v. Warner-Lambert Co., 265 F.3d 853, 857-58 (9th Cir. 2001) (discussing the citizenship of an individual). Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that by January 27, 2010, Plaintiff (who is the party asserting jurisdiction and therefore the party with the burden of pleading jurisdiction, see Industrial Tectonics, 912 F.2d at 1092) shall file an amended complaint properly alleging federal subject matter jurisdiction, or this case will be dismissed without prejudice for lack of federal subject matter jurisdiction. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is cautioned that it will be given one opportunity to amend to cure the jurisdictional defects. The Court will not issue additional sua sponte show cause orders to advise Plaintiff how to plead jurisdiction.1 Therefore, if the amended complaint fails to plead federal subject matter jurisdiction, this case will be dismissed without the Court sua sponte granting Plaintiff any further opportunities to amend. DATED this 13th day of January, 2010. The Court should not give a party advice because advice undermines a district judge's role as an impartial decision maker. See Pliler v. Ford, 542 U.S. 225, 231 (2004). -2- 1

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