Motorists Mutual Insurance Company v. Elite Home Products, LLC et al
OPINION AND ORDER Plaintiff is ORDERED to supplement the record on or before April 6, 2017, by filing a jurisdictional statement that properly alleges the citizenship of the parties. Signed by Magistrate Judge Susan L Collins on 3/23/17. (kjp)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
FORT WAYNE DIVISION
MOTORISTS MUTUAL INSURANCE
ELITE HOME PRODUCTS, LLC, et al., )
CASE NO: 1:17-cv-00084-JTM-SLC
OPINION AND ORDER
Before the Court is an amended complaint filed by Plaintiff Motorists Mutual Insurance
Company, alleging that this Court has diversity jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332. (DE
4). 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). Although Plaintiff’s amended
complaint remedies three of the deficiencies identified in this Court’s Order dated March 9, 2017
(DE 3), it still fails to adequately allege the citizenship of Defendant Elite Home Products, LLC,
for purposes of establishing diversity jurisdiction.
To explain, Plaintiff alleges that the “listed member” of Elite Home Products, LLC, is
Amy Ng, who “is a resident of Louisiana and is therefore a citizen of the State of Louisiana.”
(DE 4 ¶ 4). First, the Court needs to be informed of the name and citizenship of each member of
Elite Home Products, LLC, not just the “listed member.” Second, as to Amy Ng, residency is
meaningless for purposes of diversity jurisdiction; an individual’s citizenship is determined by
his or her domicile. See Winforge, Inc. v. Coachmen Indus., Inc., 691 F.3d 856, 867 (7th Cir.
2012); Heinen v. Northrop Grumman Corp., 671 F.3d 669, 670 (7th Cir. 2012) (“But residence
may or may not demonstrate citizenship, which depends on domicile—that is to say, the state in
which a person intends to live over the long run.”); Guar. Nat’l Title Co., Inc. v. J.E.G. Assocs.,
101 F.3d 57, 58-59 (7th Cir. 1996) (explaining that statements concerning a party’s “residency”
are not proper allegations of citizenship as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1332).
Therefore, Plaintiff is ORDERED to supplement the record on or before April 6, 2017,
by filing a jurisdictional statement that properly alleges the citizenship of the parties.
Entered this 23rd day of March 2017.
/s/ Susan Collins
United States Magistrate Judge
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