Polyply Composites LLC v. Plant Engineering Services Inc et al
OPINION AND ORDER: Plaintiff is ORDERED to supplement the record by filing an amended complaint that properly alleges the citizenship of each of the parties on or before May 31, 2016. Signed by Magistrate Judge Susan L Collins on 5/17/2016. (rmn)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
FORT WAYNE DIVISION
POLYPLY COMPOSITES, LLC,
a Michigan limited liability company,
PLANT ENGINEERING SERVICES,
INC., an Indiana corporation, et al.,
CASE NO. 1:16-cv-00153-JTM-SLC
OPINION AND ORDER
On May 13, 2016, Plaintiff Polyply Composites, LLC, filed a complaint against
Defendants Plant Engineering Services, Inc., and Wendt LLP, alleging that this Court has
diversity jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332. (DE 1). The complaint recites that Plaintiff
is a Michigan limited liability company with its principal business in Michigan; that “[u]pon
information and belief,” Plant Engineering Services, Inc., is an Indiana corporation with its
principal place of business in Indiana; and that “[u]pon information and belief,” Wendt LLP is an
Indiana limited liability partnership with its principal place of business in Indiana. (DE 1 ¶¶ 13).
Plaintiff’s allegations with respect to the parties’ citizenship are inadequate for purposes
of establishing diversity jurisdiction. First, “[a]llegations of federal subject matter jurisdiction
may not be made on the basis of information and belief, only personal knowledge.” Yount v.
Shashek, No. Civ. 06-753-GPM, 2006 WL 4017975, at *10 n.1 (S.D. Ill. Dec. 7, 2006) (citing
Am.’s Best Inns, Inc. v. Best Inns of Abilene, L.P., 980 F.2d 1072, 1074 (7th Cir. 1992)); Ferolie
Corp. v. Advantage Sales & Mktg., LLC, No. 04 C 5425, 2004 WL 2433114, at *1 (N.D. Ill. Oct.
Furthermore, as to Plaintiff Polyply Composites, LLC, and Defendant Wendt LLP, “in
the case of a firm that is not a corporation, its citizenship is the citizenship of its owners,
partners, or other principals.” Meyerson v. Harrah’s East Chi. Casino, 299 F.3d 616, 617 (7th
Cir. 2002). Therefore, “citizenship of unincorporated associations must be traced through
however many layers of partners or members there may be.” Id. (citations omitted).
Accordingly, the Court must be informed of the identity and citizenship of all of the members of
Polyply Composites, LLC, and the identity and citizenship of all the partners of Wendt LLP,
tracing such citizenship through all applicable layers of ownership to ensure that none of the
members or partners share a common citizenship with Plaintiff. Hicklin Eng’g, L.C. v. Bartell,
439 F.3d 346, 347 (7th Cir. 2006).
As the party seeking to invoke federal diversity jurisdiction, Plaintiff bears the burden of
demonstrating that the requirement of complete diversity has been met. Chase v. Shop‘N Save
Warehouse Foods, Inc., 110 F.3d 424, 427 (7th Cir. 1997). Therefore, Plaintiff is ORDERED to
supplement the record by filing an amended complaint that properly alleges the citizenship of
each of the parties on or before May 31, 2016.
Entered this 17th day of May 2016.
/s/ Susan Collins
United States Magistrate Judge
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