Jeweler, LLC, The v. Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
OPINION AND ORDER REMANDING ACTION. The matter is REMANDED to the Colorado District Court for Larimer County pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c). The Clerk of the Court shall transmit the entire case file in this action to the Clerk of the Colorado District Court for Larimer County and close this case, by Judge Marcia S. Krieger on 02/14/2012. (wjc, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Honorable Marcia S. Krieger
Civil Action No. 12-cv-00030-MSK-KMT
THE JEWELER, LLC,
JEWELERS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY,
OPINION AND ORDER REMANDING ACTION
THIS MATTER comes before the Court sua sponte.
The Plaintiff commenced this action in the Colorado District Court for Larimer County,
alleging claims sounding in breach of contract. On January 5, 2012, the Defendant removed the
action to this Court, citing federal subject matter jurisdiction arising out of diversity of
citizenship under 28 U.S.C. § 1332.
For federal jurisdiction to exist under § 1332, the parties must be citizens of different
states. 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)(1). The Notice of Removal states that the Defendant is a Wisconsin
corporation with its principal place of business in Wisconsin, making it a citizen of Wisconsin
for jurisdictional purposes. 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c)(1).
The Complaint states that the Plaintiff is a limited liability company. For purposes of
ascertaining citizenship under § 1332, a limited liability company is deemed to be a citizen of
every state in which one of its members reside. Bridsong v. Westglen Endoscopy Ctr., LLC, 175
F.Supp.2d 1245, 1248 (D.Kan. 2001). The Complaint states that the John Heiman, a citizen of
Colorado, is the “Managing member” of the Plaintiff, but the Complaint does not indicate that
Mr. Heiman is the only member of the Plaintiff, nor does it indicate the state of citizenship of
any other member of the Plaintiff. The Notice of Removal sheds no additional light on the issue
of the Plaintiff’s citizenship.
Because the record does not adequately establish the existence of federal subject matter
jurisdiction, the matter is REMANDED to the Colorado District Court for Larimer County
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c). The Clerk of the Court shall transmit the entire case file in this
action to the Clerk of the Colorado District Court for Larimer County and close this case.
Dated this 14th day of February, 2012
BY THE COURT:
Marcia S. Krieger
United States District Judge
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