Cook v. Groach Associates #55 Limited Partnership

Filing 26

ORDER REMANDING CASE TO STATE COURT. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on June 29, 2016. (mll)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS TEXARKANA DIVISION KIMBERLY COOK v. PLAINTIFF Case No. 4:15-cv-04057 GRAOCH ASSOCIATES #55 LIMITED PARTNERSHIP d/b/a FOX CREEK APARTMENTS DEFENDANT ORDER Federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction and the “threshold requirement in every federal case is jurisdiction.” Sanders v. Clemco Indus., 823 F.2d 214, 216 (8th Cir. 1987). Where a question of jurisdiction exists, the Court considers the issue even though the parties do not assert a lack of jurisdiction. United States ex rel. Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community v. Pan Am. Management Co., 789 F.2d 632, 635-36 (8th Cir. 1986) (citations omitted). When one of the parties to the action is a limited partnership, the citizenship of each general and limited partner must be considered in determining whether complete diversity of citizenship exists. Carden v. Arkoma Associates, 494 U.S. 185 (1990); see also Buckley v. Control Data Corp., 923 F.2d 96, 97 (8th Cir. 1991). The Court directed Defendant to file a brief regarding this Court’s jurisdiction in this lawsuit. (ECF No. 24). Defendant timely filed a responsive brief, indicating that one of its general partners is a Texas citizen. (ECF No. 25). Because Plaintiff is also a citizen of Texas, Plaintiff and Defendant do not have diverse citizenship. The Court can find no other basis for its jurisdiction in this case. Accordingly, this Court is without subject matter jurisdiction. This action is hereby remanded to the Circuit Court of Miller County, Arkansas for proper adjudication of the issues in this case. IT IS SO ORDERED, this 29th day of June, 2016. /s/ Susan O. Hickey Susan O. Hickey United States District Judge

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