Solatube Global Marketing, Inc. et al v. Solatube International, Inc. et al
ORDER Re: Jurisdiction. The Plaintiff's motion for an additional 60 day extension is DENIED. No later than February 6, 2017, Plaintiffs must file an amended complaint properly alleging facts establishing diversity of citizenship. Otherwise, the Court will dismiss this action for lack of jurisdiction. Signed by Judge Larry Alan Burns on 1/30/17.(kas)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SOLATUBE GLOBAL MARKETING,
INC., et al.,
CASE NO. 16cv3110-LAB (JMA)
ORDER RE: JURISDICTION
SOLATUBE INTERNATIONAL, INC., et.
Three weeks ago, the Court ordered Plaintiffs to show cause why their action shouldn't
be dismissed for failure to allege diversity jurisdiction. The Court provided the Plaintiffs two
weeks to either (i) file an amended complaint, or (ii) file a response explaining why the Court
shouldn’t dismiss the action. Five days after the deadline, Plaintiffs requested sixty more
days to respond.
Based on the complaint, the Court had assumed the parties were already in close
contact. Plaintiffs’ response indicates that’s not the case. The Court has reconsidered its
directive requiring the parties to meet and confer and deletes that condition.
The Plaintiffs must plead “a short and plain statement of the grounds for the court's
jurisdiction.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8. And the Plaintiffs “must satisfy the pleading requirements of
Rule 8 before the discovery stage, not after it.” Mujica v. AirScan Inc., 771 F.3d 580, 593 (9th
Cir. 2014). The Court has “an independent obligation” to “dismiss the complaint in its entirety”
if jurisdiction doesn’t exist. Arbaugh v. Y&H Corp., 546 U.S. 500, 514 (2006). That may be
a harsh rule in some cases, but it's not here, where Plaintiffs have at least one alternative
forum available to them.
The Plaintiff’s motion for an additional 60 day extension is DENIED. No later than
February 6, 2017, Plaintiffs must file an amended complaint properly alleging facts
establishing diversity of citizenship. Otherwise, the Court will dismiss this action for lack of
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: January 30, 2017
HONORABLE LARRY ALAN BURNS
United States District Judge
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