Buchla v. Buchla Electronic Musical Instrument, LLC et al

Filing 17

ORDER RE CITIZENSHIP OF PARTIES. Signed by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. on 3/24/2015. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/24/2015)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 DONALD BUCHLA, Case No. 15-cv-00921-HSG Plaintiff, 8 ORDER RE CITIZENSHIP OF PARTIES v. 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 BUCHLA ELECTRONIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, LLC, et al., Defendants. Plaintiff Donald Buchla alleges that this Court has diversity jurisdiction over this action 13 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332. In support of diversity jurisdiction, Mr. Buchla alleges that he is a 14 “citizen of the State of California,” that Defendant Buchla Electronic Musical Instrument, LLC “is 15 a closely held limited liability company organized under the laws of the State of Oregon with its 16 principal place of business at 1630 Williams Hwy, Grants Pass, Oregon,” and that Defendant 17 Audio Supermarket Pty. Ltd. “is a privately held Australian company with its principal place of 18 business at W 25 26-28 Roberna St, Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia.” Complaint at 6. Mr. Buchla 19 further alleges that various individual defendants, some of whom are citizens of Australia and 20 some of whom are citizens of Oregon, “have a direct or indirect ownership interest” in Buchla 21 Electronic and/or Audio Supermarket. 22 Unincorporated associations, including LLCs, are citizens “of every state of which [their] 23 owners/members are citizens.” Johnson v. Columbia Props. Anchorage, LP, 437 F.3d 894, 899 24 (9th Cir. 2006). Because Mr. Buchla does not allege sufficient facts regarding the citizenship of 25 all of the owners/members of Buchla Electronic or Audio Supermarket, the Court cannot 26 determine whether diversity jurisdiction is proper. To that end, the parties are directed to file, 27 within seven days of the date of this Order, a statement of no more than three pages identifying the 28 citizenship of each member of Buchla Electronic and Audio Supermarket. 1 2 3 4 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: March 24, 2015 ______________________________________ HAYWOOD S. GILLIAM, JR. United States District Judge 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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