Sussex Insurance Company, v. Sixty Parkside, LLC et al
ORDER REGARDING SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION re 1 Complaint, filed by Sussex Insurance Company . Signed by JUDGE DERRICK K. WATSON on 11/10/2016. -- Accordingly, Plaintiff is directed to file, by Nov ember 23, 2016, a jurisdictional statement identifying the citizenship of all owners/members of each defendant LLC. If any members of these entities are themselves LLCs or LPs, Plaintiff shall identify those LLCs and LPs and specify their citiz enship as well. If the information described above is not available to Plaintiff upon the exercise of due diligence, then Plaintiff shall so inform the Court by November 23, 2016. (ecs, )CERTIFICATE OF SER VICEParticipants registered to receive electronic notifications received this document electronically at the e-mail address listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF). Participants not registered to receive electronic notifications were served by first class mail on the date of this docket entry
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAI‘I
CIVIL NO. 16-00603 DKW-KSC
SUSSEX INSURANCE COMPANY,
fka COMPANION PROPERTY &
ORDER REGARDING SUBJECT
SIXTY PARKSIDE, LLC; COTTAGE
CAPITAL, LLC; GC PACIFIC, INC.;
GREGORY HATCHER; CREDO
CONSTRUCTION, INC.; TRUE
STYLE PACIFIC BUILDERS, LLC;
and S&G CONSTRUCTION, INC.,
ORDER REGARDING SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION
On November 9, 2016, Plaintiff Sussex Insurance Company filed its
Complaint for declaratory judgment, asserting subject matter jurisdiction based
solely upon diversity of citizenship under 28 U.S.C. § 1332. See Complaint ¶ 11.
Section 1332(a)(1) provides that “the district courts shall have original jurisdiction
of all civil actions where the matter in controversy exceeds the sum or value of
$75,000, exclusive of interest and costs, and is between . . . citizens of different
States.” In order to satisfy the requirements of Section 1332, there must be
complete diversity of citizenship between the opposing parties. Exxon Mobil Corp.
v. Allapattah Servs., Inc., 545 U.S. 546, 553 (2005) (“[Section] 1332 . . . requir[es]
complete diversity: In a case with multiple plaintiffs and multiple defendants, the
presence in the action of a single plaintiff from the same [s]tate as a single defendant
deprives the district court of original diversity jurisdiction over the entire action.”);
Kuntz v. Lamar Corp., 385 F.3d 1177, 1181 (9th Cir. 2004).
Several of the defendants named in the Complaint are alleged to be limited
liability companies (“LLC”), including Sixty Parkside, LLC; Cottage Capital, LLC;
and True Style Pacific Builders, LLC. “[A]n LLC is a citizen of every state of
which its owners/members are citizens.” Johnson v. Columbia Props. Anchorage,
LP, 437 F.3d 894, 899 (9th Cir. 2006). Thus, to establish diversity jurisdiction, the
citizenship of all owners and/or members of an LLC must be alleged. Id.
The Complaint, however, does not indicate the identity or citizenship of all
owners or members of all defendant LLCs named therein, nor if any of the owners or
members are themselves LLCs and/or unincorporated associations. Without such
additional information regarding each LLC member, the Court is unable to
determine whether diversity jurisdiction exists.
Plaintiff bears the burden of establishing subject matter jurisdiction.
Kokkonen v. Guardian Life Ins. Co., 511 U.S. 375, 377 (1994). At the pleading
stage, Plaintiff must allege sufficient facts to show a proper basis for the Court to
assert subject matter jurisdiction over the action. Johnson, 437 F.3d at 899; Fed. R.
Civ. P. 8(a)(1). The Court may address subject matter jurisdiction sua sponte.
Fiedler v. Clark, 714 F.2d 77, 78 (9th Cir. 1983); Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3).
Accordingly, Plaintiff is directed to file, by November 23, 2016, a
jurisdictional statement identifying the citizenship of all owners/members of each
defendant LLC. If any members of these entities are themselves LLCs or LPs,
Plaintiff shall identify those LLCs and LPs and specify their citizenship as well. If
the information described above is not available to Plaintiff upon the exercise of due
diligence, then Plaintiff shall so inform the Court by November 23, 2016.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: November 10, 2016 at Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
Sussex Insurance Co. v. Sixty Parkside, LLC et al.; Civil No. 16-00603 DKW-KSC;
ORDER REGARDING SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION
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